Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Reviews

May 26, 2005
Schrader's intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while paying occasional lip-service to the need for scares.
May 24, 2005
The frights, the scares, they just weren't there.
May 20, 2005
It's a good, thoughtful horror picture -- and thiiis close to being a very good one.
May 20, 2005
Exorcism aside, Dominion is well-acted, handsomely photographed and hauntingly scored.
May 20, 2005
The Schrader variation is awfully dull, with scant evidence of the sort of things that make horror movies attractive -- like mounting suspense and spine-tingling creepiness and, oh yeah, the element of horror.
May 20, 2005
To be fair, Schrader's version fails in ways that Harlin's dumbed-down version didn't.
May 20, 2005
It actually might have been considered pretty good had it been made 30 years ago, when people might have cared about the backstory of Father Merrin.
May 20, 2005
Harlin's version at least had cheap thrills -- Schrader's has none.
May 19, 2005
There's no escaping that Dominion is finally an act of commercial scavenging.
May 19, 2005
The movie is drenched in atmosphere and dread, as we'd expect from Schrader, but it also has spiritual weight and texture, boldly confronting the possibility that Satan may be active in the world.
May 19, 2005
Marred by some of the same problems as Harlin's version -- namely, weak supporting characters, unintentionally funny dialogue and poorly executed special effects.
May 19, 2005
Dominion is indeed a plodfest, and though it's not as garish as Mr. Harlin's version, it's way too dire for its own good.
May 19, 2005
It's a movie possessed, in the end, not by the devil, just by errant ambition.
May 19, 2005
Schrader's film is a notch better than Harlin's (it's elegantly framed, and stately where the other one was music-video pushy), but when you boil out the demon feathers...it's the same damn movie.
May 19, 2005
Ambitious, serious-minded horror opus.
May 17, 2005
Predictably, Schrader's version -- which stands as the first film to use prequel in its title -- is as sober as Harlin's is beery.