Exorcist: The Beginning
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.
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- Renny Harlin
- This movie is
- 2005 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Director nominee: Renny Harlin
RStrong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it