Renny Harlin directs this controversial prequel chronicling Father Merrin's (Stellan Skarsgård) first encounter with the demon Pazuzu. Questioning his faith after witnessing firsthand the horrors of World War II, Merrin travels to East Africa to help excavate a mysterious buried Byzantine Christian church from the 5th century. But when the dig leads to horrific results, he comes face to face with the ultimate evil. Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy, Ralph Brown, Ben Cross also star. 114 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.