2012 in Film: #42
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) | Directed by Paul Schrader
Thoughts: I don’t care if Paul Schrader was behind this supernatural prequel to the scariest film of all time, it was terrible. Trying to mix Lang-ian imagery and symbolism (one of the dream sequences reminds one of Dr. Mabuse) and conventional mainstream horror elements just doesn’t work here. It tries to take evil seriously, but it becomes, much like the ill-fated Exorcist II: The Heretic, rather laughable. And if you’ve seen the just-as-bad theatrical release Exorcist: The Beginning (when this one had been scrapped in favor of something more “mainstream”), it feels like the same old thing.