Exorcist: The Beginning

2004 R 1h 54m DVD

Exorcist: The Beginning

2004 R 1h 54m DVD
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Sent to Africa at the close of World War II to tend to the needs of the local community, Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) gets more than he ever bargained for when he has his first brush with a devilish force known simply as Pazuzu. Director Renny Harlin traces the roots of evil in this prequel to the 1973 box office smash. Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy and Ben Cross co-star.
Stellan Skarsgård, James D'Arcy, Izabella Scorupco, Remy Sweeney, Julian Wadham, Andrew French, Ralph Brown, Ben Cross, David Bradley, Alan Ford, Antonie Kamerling, Eddie Osei, Israel Aduramo, Patrick O'Kane
Renny Harlin
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 16 & under
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that from the opening scene of bloody bodies stabbed and crucified across Kenyan soil, viewers are in for a brutal blood bath. Know that there is very graphic violence including a child being mauled by hyenas, a dead baby covered in maggots and someone slitting his throat.

Sexual Content

The beautiful doctor faces harassment, and sex and violence mix in the final showdown.


Sickening graphic scenes including hyenas mauling a small child and baby born dead and covered in maggots.


Not too terrible until the very end when a possessed character spews a number of profanities at once.

Social Behavior

Characters are racist and misogynist -- and the film shows more vivid violence against Africans.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

There's some heavy drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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