Historic filmmaking! 2 filmmakers take on the same film. The original prequel to The Exorcist by Paul Shrader. The film traces the story of Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) back to his first encounter with the Devil in post-WW II Africa. Director: Paul Schrader. Actors: Clara Bellar, Gabriel Mann, Stellan Skarsgard, Billy Crawford, Ralph Brown.