Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

220px-Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_posterDominion: Prequel to the Exorcist is the prequel as it was meant to be or so they say. Not having seen the prior version of the prequel I thought I might as well go with the “right” version. “The Exorcist” does not need an introduction and easily qualifies as one of the all time classic horror movies of our time. This prequel basically sets the stage for what is to come in the Exorcist and it does that in a very dull and cheap way.

The genre tag “drama” is probably the most fitting since there is hardly any thrill and certainly no horror involved in this version, except for a few scenes with red eyes and evil voice which rather seem comical than frightening. The effects are typically bad for a “no budget” production and only add to the comical effect, esp. the blue, red and green lights in the sky towards the end and a hovering budda like alien-devil is something where you usually switch off because you even stop laughing at that point.

The movie has its moments but these are far and few and the only reason there is some sort of drama evolving around the aborigines living close to the dig site of the uncovered church. They see Christianity as the root of all evil that infects their children (while in school) and therefore the children need to be killed (best impaled with a single spear) in order to stop the evil from spreading. Maybe they should put a sticker on: “Caution: Religion is dangerous and can be hazardous to your health” – or “Naked tree nailing included”.

Eventually we have the one good priest who rediscovers his lost fate and takes up the battle against the real evil, and he succeeds, sort of. Oops, did I spoil it now? So sorry. Since this is a prequel to the Exorcist, you may have already guessed that it’s no real victory and besides, Good cannot exist without Evil and there can be no peace without war. And so we are caught in an everlasting cycle of Exorcism. The horror!

This prequel features crappy effects, average acting, OK sets and a “fixed” chronological story line compared to the first prequel (Exorcist: The Beginning). Is it worth watching? No.


2 thoughts on “Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

  1. What’s Stellan Skarsgård like in it? And haha, Billy Crawford, he’s a pretty popular pop singer over here in France. Is shagging from French pop singerette.


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