#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Lankester Merrin is a archaeologist by profession but an ordained Roman Catholic priest who has lost his faith and abandoned his vocation. He is haunted by what he was forced to do in his native Holland during World War II. The church he’s excavated in Northern Kenyan dates to the Byzantine period but this puts its construction hundreds of years before Christianity was introduced to the area. the church was buried to the rooftop in sand and as its structure is exposed, a madness slowly descends on the camp. the local tribesmen are prepared to go to war and demand that the church be buried. Soon, two British soldiers are found dead and their commanding officer, Major Granville, shoots a innocent civilian in cold blood. As fear descends upon everyone in the camp, it becomes apparent that a young disabled boy, Cheche, is possessed by the devil forcing Merrin to re-examine his own beliefs.
Plot: Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin focuses his energies on helping with an archaeological dig in the northern part of Kenya. There, the crew uncovers a church that predates Christian missions into the area, but the discovery also causes strange events to start occurring — including physical changes to a young, disabled boy, whom Merrin grows to suspect has been possessed by a demon.
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Beats the “hell” out of Harlin’s version
I watched DOMINION last night and found it to be excellent. The difference between this film and the Harlin film are like night and day. I love the slow build and the character of Cheche. Schrader delivers a film that not only comments on the balance and choice between good and evil, but also a great statement on colonialism. The only bad part is the choice of Gabriel Mann as Father Francis. Boy, he is awful (“Satan…is…here!”), especially when he is working of Skarsgard.
But I can totally see why the studio panicked. Say what you want, but THE EXORCIST has become synonymous with vomiting, spinning heads and little girls cursing and I think that is what a majority of the audience expects or wants (based on my former dealings with customers at a video store and some heckled filled screenings). This is as far from that as possible and had they released this version, it would have died faster than Harlin’s version or Blattey’s own THE EXORCIST III (another film I think is brilliant but plummeted 60% its second week; yes I am a former box office nerd).
Regardless, this is a horror film for anyone who wants to think. If you want spinning heads, cursing and vomit, go for the Renny Harlin version.
Better than Harlin’s in many ways.
I’m sure everyone by now knows the story of how Paul Schrader shot and cut his version of an “Exorcist” prequel and delivered it to Morgan Creek studios only to be told it was “commercially unmarketable” and fired from the project. Then they hired Renny Harlin, mostly known for action films, to come in and make his own bloodier, more visceral version that would appeal more to mass audiences.
It’s a shame that the studios today are all about the profit and not the quality. While Harlin’s “Exorcist: The Beginning” may have appealed more to mass audiences (and by mass audiences I’m talking about those who can’t handle an intelligent story that takes time to build and need blood and guts every 10 minutes), but Schrader’s film is clearly the winner in terms of quality here.
This film is far more subtle than Harlin’s in-your-face version. Until the end, there aren’t even any real “scares” to speak of. Don’t get me wrong, the movie IS scary, just don’t expect the cliché “jump scares” that are accompanied by a loud jolt of music, or someone sneaking up behind somebody. The scares in this one come from a purely psychological angle as the film works to get under your skin, push your buttons, and unnerve you greatly.
This version is a much more mature effort that works through creating layered characters and a good story. Harlin’s version was like a cheap, plastic knock off of the real thing.
Now what exactly is different about the two films? Well most of the actors are the same, though the roles are altered just a tad. The sets are the same. The *basic* story is the same. The real differences come in concerning the possession victims. Harlin’s theatrical version centered on a young village boy being the object of possession, treading a very familiar route we’ve all seen before. Schrader’s “Exorcist” takes a different route by turning the tables around: instead of the possession victim getting physically and mentally weakened as the demon takes over, the story focuses on Cheche, an afflicted young man that actually becomes better as the possession takes over his body. To watch Cheche miraculously heal from a surgery in a matter of days and see his strength and mental capabilities growing is truly unnerving. I found the character to be more interesting than even little Regan Macneil in the original movie.
The acting is about the same in terms of quality, though with Skarsgard giving a much subtler performance this time around.
Alas, the film is not without faults. There is some god-awful CGI thrown into the film (I can’t decide if it’s cheesiness was a result of the movie never being finished properly or if it was just that bad) and the ending feels somewhat anticlimactic. The showdown between Merrin and the demon is what this movie is all about, yet something about the entire sequence just doesn’t sit well. It’s not “big” enough. It doesn’t have the weight it should considering it IS the main focus of the movie. And it all came a little too fast. The pacing of the film just doesn’t sit quite well. By the time the shite hits the fan, we’re almost at the end, and Merrin goes from disbeliever to Bible-thumping exorcist in way too short of a time period.
Perhaps more work could have been put into Merrin’s character. The film is okay as it stands, but more work and a little more background would have been great.
No matter what though, this one is still loads better than that crapfest Harlin put out. A much creepier, less in-your-face, subtler film that gets under your skin and reaches you on a level not one of the sequels has done yet. It’s a shame the ADD-riddled audiences today can’t handle a mature film like this.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min)
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director Paul Schrader
Writer William Wisher, Caleb Carr
Actors Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar, Billy Crawford
Country USA, Italy, Morocco
Awards 3 nominations.
Production Company Morgan Creek Productions, Warner Bros.
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1 (DVD & Blu-Ray), 2.00 : 1 (intended ratio)
Camera Cooke S4 Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Univisium (3-perf)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)