Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil’s soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin’s initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.
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Cruel African tribes, mean Nazis, crafty catholic priests, hidebound British officers, Renny Harlin and the scriptwriters propose a journey through the Hollywood of the 50's to the rare ones who dare to take a look at Exorcist: The Beginning. Nothing more to say. Already forgotten. Amen.
The studio approved prequel version is a more traditional horror version but this one goes too over-the-top even if there is some elements that are intriguing also here. Sadly the inclusion of gory scenes from the original cut makes no sense and Izabella Scorupco is hired for an obligatory nude shower scene.
This is the unnecessary proof that not all successful horror movies need and/or deserve a franchise. This movie is terrifyingly impotent to the point of the final exorcism tries to mimic the original (the wall crawling and the running towards the cross were more than disrespectful), which makes it all ruder.
Well, let us face it... Renny Harlin is just not a very good filmmaker... either that or he's just very unlucky in his choices of projects... although I did not realise the man had worked so consistently for the best part of 25-30 years! Congratulations to you on that one Sir...
If this lame-brained cash-grab can't even beat the 40-year old original when it comes to special effects and make-up prosthetics, what is there left to say about its actual artistic qualities - assuming there are any?