Years before Father Lankester 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.
“Exorcist: The Beginning” is a 2004 horror film directed by Renny Harlin. The movie is a prequel to the 1973 classic horror film “The Exorcist,” which was directed by William Friedkin.
The story follows Father Lankester Merrin (played by Stellan Skarsgård), a former missionary who is haunted by memories of World War II and has lost his faith. He is approached by a collector who offers him a job to travel to East Africa to excavate a buried church. There, he discovers a sinister presence that threatens to unleash an ancient evil upon the world.
The movie received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its atmosphere and visuals while others criticized its pacing and lack of scares compared to the original “Exorcist” movie. Regardless, it remains a notable entry in the “Exorcist” franchise and is worth watching for fans of the horror genre.