Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil’s soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin’s initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.
Archeologist Lankester Merrin is asked to go to East Africa to excavate a church that has been found completely buried in sand. Merrin is an ordained Roman Catholic priest who eschews any religion or belief because of his wartime experience. He's . Accompanied by a young priest he is fascinated to discover the church dates to hundred of years before Christianity was introduced to the area.
He meets a young doctor, Sarah (Izabella Scorupco), but soon realises that a strange atmosphere envelops the entire site. When Sarah becomes possessed Merrin is forced to re-examine his lack of faith and come face to face with the devil.
Fabrizio Sforza was the head of makeup; Raffaella Iorio was the key makeup artist.
Gary J Tunnicliffe (Two Hours in the Dark) was the special makeup effects designer.