Exorcist: The Beginning

Theatrical Release: August 20, 2004
DVD Release: March 1, 2005
Exorcist: The Beginning


This horror film is the prequel to the disturbing 1973 film The Exorcist about a young girl possessed by the devil and a priest sent to remove the demon. This time, Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) is a younger man working on a dig in Africa when an ancient church is uncovered in remarkably good condition. It turns out that this is the sight of an ancient battleground where soldiers turned on each other and killed each other — all except one. This is apparently the place where Lucifer was sent, and evil dominates the area. Now that the church is uncovered, evil is about to be unleashed again. Father Merrin, who has become disillusioned with God as a result of witnessing horrible atrocities to his parishioners under Nazi domination, now must decide if he will return to his faith as he is soon to come face to face with evil.

Dove Review

Filled with disturbing images, “Exorcist: The Beginning” is a look at the devil from an unbiblical viewpoint. The disillusioned priest does not believe in evil as an entity but rather as the condition of man. A woman to whom the priest is attracted becomes possessed and then uses obscene language to ask if he will have sex with her. Also upsetting is the fact that children were used in this horrific film: a child is possessed and thrashes about, a young boy is torn apart by a pack of hyenas, children are seen being shot in the head at close range, and a mother gives birth to a baby that is covered in maggots. Add this film to the top of your “never even consider” list.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: Renny Harlin
Producer: Will Raee
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 114 min.
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Alan Boyer