former priest named Father Lankester
Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) is scarred
about the innocent people who perished in
the second world war as it haunts him by
evil forces as he continues to have
nightmares about the incident.
He travels away from his home in Holland
and travels to Cairo Egypt where he does
some archeology and a local there who is
a collector wants him to look for a relic
underneath a closed down church so he can
retrieve it before a group of British
However, outside when people are digging
for other hidden relic's a owrker has a
seisure and also encounters hyenas
scrounging the place.
When Merrin and the other explorers enter
the church they find paintings of Lucifer
and a huge upside down crucifix of Jesus.
When Merrin arrives home his own crucifix
on the wall is turned upside down plus he
looks at satanic sketch art he found at
the church which causes him to have
terrible memories. Then he almost looses
his mind, plus his clock on the wall
young boy named Joseph (Remy Sweeney) is
being tormented by his older brother but
then hyenas break into their home and
kills his older brother by ripping him to
shreds while Joseph watches as he is
posessed by the demon Pazuzu.
goes to an asylum to talk to a man named
Bession (Patrick O'Kane) as Bession knows
his name and then carves a symbol in his
chest then kills himself.
tries to get a priest named Father
Francis (James D'Arcy) to perform an
exorcism on Joseph after encountering all
of this madness but Pazuzu really wants
the caretaker named Sarah (Izabella
Scorupco) as she entered the abandoned
church so Merrin must meet face to face
with this demon.
We spot an interesting beginning in the film as there's a minister discovering deadly moments with people hung upside down on a cruicifix and so fourth near a deserted area with miles of this and dead bodies too which draws in some nice mysterious moments that involves the devil's work.
We also have a good strong discussion with the main character Father Merrin having a serious and fun discussion at an underground bar with Semelier while drinking some shooters as this was highly energised to watch all of this happening.
Perfect intense surroundings with africans while Merrin is being driven towards someone having a seisure which is a good drawing card on a posession as well as revealing a silver object on what we saw in the original flick as well as the demonic statue underground in a caved area which we saw in the beginning of the original movie as well which is a nice touch to the story. Plus nice dark moments with Merrin still looking around in the caved area spotting an upside down crucifix of Jesus which really grabs your attention a great deal.
Perfect flashback memories with Merrin as a soldier as well as spotting some people shooting a child and other people along with devastated reactions on their loved one's as this setting looked good for an unpretty sight and making it almost hard to watch within all of this too.
We have a perfect moment that involves a young Joseph along with his older sibling grabbing something of his and refusing to return it as well as a perfect jumping moment with a bunch of hyenas attacking this person which looked perfectly terrorising as you wonder if he will survive this as well as Joseph watching this as this is a good sign on him being possessed.
Perfect shot on Merrin entering someone's room in a psych ward with this mental patients back turned on him speaking darkly at him as this leaves a perfect mysterious feel to the story as you get a creepy feeling that something isn't going to look creepy on him when he turns to face him and there's a good bizarre and deadly moment on what he does to himself which looked perfectly intense to watch in the scene here as well as leading to more mysterious moments while we continue to watch.
Perfect sequence with Sarah slowly going towards a mother while covering her baby with a blanket and about to open up the blanket on what she will spot which gave you the chills as to what is underneath this blanket leaving a hint that it's nothing pretty to see which looked well shot.
A nice dark shot on Sarah waking up from a nightmare and spotting an obnoxious middle aged man speaking aggressively towards her on a situation as this nearly makes you jump as it's what you least expect by catching you by surprise since everything was perfectly still in this scene.
Perfect discussion between Merrin and Sarah in a child's hospital room having a somewhat romantic discussion and then a nice jumping moment with Joseph's bed briefly moving as well as them slowly going to the bed to see what's up and then the bed shakes which is a perfect touch reminf=ding you on what happened on Regan's bed in the first one.
A good still and silent moment when Sarah is about to take a shower but hears something and slowly creeps in the hall with a candle to check up on something and then suddenly loud old fashioned music is playing which makes you jump out of your seat big time as this is perfectly unexpected.
Perfectly dark setting when Merrin is digging up a grave and having more of his flashback memories on the not so pretty moments when he was a soldier which shows perfect timing on what he plans to do here.
Perfectly crazy moment with Major Granville in a tent and doing his artwork on butterflies as well as these objects suddenly coming to life and what he does by losing his sanity which was impressive to watch and draws you in carefully as making you wonder if he will do what looks like he may or may not do.
The best comes towards the film when it is almost over with Merrin battling against the now possessed Sarah which totally looks like a full grown possessed Regan by how the effects looked as well as her climbing against a wall or ceiling as well as being pitted against poor Joseph too. Also we suddenly spot on what seems to be Sarah acting normal again and emotional but yet this looked like a perfect teaser by showing off that she may still be possessed. It for sure gives you the chills here.
Bottom line is that this was a prequel
top the first film on how the exorcism
caused by Pazuzu but however this seems a
little too unbelieveable for this to be a
prequel as the first film is in touch
with a more realistic going ons with a
posession. However, there are still effective and
intense happenings as well as great
special effects so I rate it pretty good. There's alot of scenes in this film that
is similar to the first film however
which I really admired.
The acting is
terrifically performed by Stellan
Skarsgård (Father Merrin) as he is a great
character actor and he brings his
disturbing scenes to life too. Has the perfect good rugged looks which helps his character big time. He really got into what he was doing along with having a convincingly serious attitude and showing off some good spunk, charm and energy into everything as well. He also does well by having a romantic type of personality too. Also does great with his reactions as well as his forceful aggressions whenever he needed to behave this way too. He was the perfect choice for this role.
Izabella Scorupco (Sarah) also performs
nicely with her role as the caretaker of
the kids in Egypt as she shows a nice sharp type of behavior as well as a niceness to her role along with concentrating perfectly well by being cautious and nervous while looking around and getting frightened. Also shows off some nice energy with her possessions as well as her emotional behavior as she draws it in perfectly while behaving like this.
James D'Arcy (Father Francis) seemed to do his job in a fine fashion as someone whom is well alerted on subjects and shows an interesting hype on what he is doing. He also does well showing an arrogant and cold type of attitude in a certain scene of the film which makes his performance seem truly mysterious as you wonder if he's possessed or not.
Child actor Remy Sweeney (Joseph) is
great performing a posessed victim
showing no expressions which made him
convincingly evil. He does a great job by acting silent as well as reacting to stuff with fright. Shows off some good energy within whatever he does as well as showing some okay aggressions too.
Julian Wadham (Major Granville) showed off his still and disturbed behavior quite well with whatever he does in his part showing good expressions and other types of performances such as that. Does a nice job losing control of his actions towards the end of his pertofmrnace by being silent about it all. A decent character actor for sure.
Ben Cross (Semelier) had the most effective supporting role in the film and came across greatly as one of those aggressive types while stressing a situation. Shows off a ton of energy into what he did along with coming across as somewhat eccentric within his personality. Has the right elderly type looks too.
Scorupco's character shows it off.
The ladies get Stellan Skarsgard
drinking the nectar of life.
There are corpses
during a flashback sequence in the
beginning of this film
Lots of stabbings
A man carves a symbol in his chest and
gruseomely slits his throat
A baby is born dead during a flashback
Faces being slashed
Fingers broken backwards
Gruesome hung body
An eyeball being eaten by a bird
Blood coming out of a vagina
Lots of headshots
Slit throats and a kid being torn by
hyenas. Many more too.
composed the music for the film with
additional music by Paul Linford
but it's not the same as the original
music however the classical music is very
strong and well done. We hear some clear chanting sounds which works in nicely. Also we hear jungle drum poundings sounding very strong as well as ther clear strong violin and strong trombone playing as it made things very catchy. Plus we hear alot of hissing, rusty metal scraping and dark sounds too which shines off in the film incredibly well.
[possessed] What's the matter, Father?
Don't you wanna fuck me anymore?
[possessed] You want the whore, don't
you? You wanna stick your big round cock
up her juicy ass?
Major: God is not here today, priest!
This place... it's cursed.
Francis: This is the spot where Lucifer
Merrin: Everbody died... Who buried them?
Merrin: It's not Mr. Merrin. It's Father
Francis: You asked the question, now you
listen to the answer!