Synopsis: Father Lancaster Merrin travels to a village in East Africa where he encounters the demon Pazuzu for the first time.
Director: Renny Harlin
Runtime: 114 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Netflix (US): No
Jump Scares: 17 (3 major, 14 minor)
Jump Scare Rating: Exorcist: The Beginning makes liberal use of loud sound effects in quiet scenes in an attempt to frighten the viewer however while many of these scenes are startling, none are truly as terrifying as you might expect from a prequel to The Exoricst.
Jump Scare Times
2:31 – An apparently dead man suddenly grabs the priests hand.
19:53 – Some birds suddenly fly through the church.
30:34 – A hyena jumps out from behind a well to grab the monkey.
38:55 – A blanket is lifted to reveal a severed head.
39:06 – Sarah lies back down and Jefferies is revealed to be lying beside her. [Video]
44:07 – Joseph’s bed suddenly moves.
44:34 – Joseph’s eyes open and the bed begins to shake violently.
46:10 – A bird takes flight from behind Father Merrin, a couple of seconds later several birds squawk as Father Merrin almost steps on them.
50:05 – Father Merrin almost loses his footing while exploring the cavern.
50:54 – A sound effect plays as Father Merrin turns around and sees a statue.
52:23 – A sound effect plays as Sarah notices Emekwi watching her.
53:30 – The sudden sound of doors opening may startle some viewers.
57:55 – The radio suddenly turns back on, loudly playing music, which causes Sarah to scream in fright. [Video]
1:05:57 – A sound effect plays as the shroud around Joseph’s bed is ripped away to reveal a large number of villagers standing around him.
1:32:13 – Joseph is suddenly pulled through a hole.
1:33:45 – A body suddenly drops down in front of Father Merrin. [Video]
1:35:16 – The lantern turns back on to reveal Sarah’s possessed face.
(Major scares in bold)