25 August 2005

Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist

This film gets a bit of leeway because there are two scenes using CGIs and because of the post-production costs they are not very impressive. The reason for that is this film was scripted and produced then scrapped. It has nothing to do with the Studio system (as Paul Schrader went to great lengths to explain), instead one man financed this film and when he saw the final (pre-post-production) cut he decided it wasn't what he was after (even though he approved the script), sacked the director and did some re-shooting. The re-shoots lasted 2 weeks, then 4 weeks, then 6 weeks, then are hell let's just re-shoot the entire film. This version is quite good, it retains several key ingredients from The Exorcist and is a worthy prequel as it does make you think on a few occasions. The next stage is to watch the second version and see how badly it compares to this one. I guess the most enjoyable part of this experience was hearing the director explain what happened and for the first time ever we'll get to see the same film made with the saem cast and crew but just a different director and a different focus. Rent the pair of them when it comes out on DVD in October but if you actually want a horror film (rather than a Film Studies session), rent the Directors Cut of The Exorcist and be amazed (one of my favourite films of all time).