Wednesday, September 15, 2010

THE LAST EXORCISM (From The Drive-In)

The Last Exorcism Movie Review

Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian of tons of television shows) is a Priest who has lost his belief in God and, after reading about a child dying from an exorcism, agrees to do one final exorcism, this time with a documentary film crew in tow. He reads a letter sent to him from the father of a girl he believes to be possessed, so Marcus and crew head to the farm of the girl to prove that she is not possessed and fake an exorcism, but they find that maybe there is something abnormal there after all. This movie comes off a lot of a Blair Witch Project rip-off, from the shaky, amateurish camera work to the slow build to the abrupt ending. The story itself is interesting at times, very cliched at others, but it does keep you into the movie throughout. The performances are nothing to remember, with the possible exception of Ashley Bell as Nell, the possessed girl. The trailer and television spots make this look like the scariest movie since The Exorcist—it’s not. Yes, there are a couple creepy scenes here and there, but it is far from “scary” (let me note that while I am generally not scared while watching movies, I can appreciate a movie being “scary”, especially films having anything to do with demon possession).

Okay, maybe it's a little scary

All of this is fine as, like I said, you stay into the movie and it is decent. And then the end comes. I will not spoil it, but it tries to go with a bit of a twist, is terribly dark, and just falls apart completely in a matter of seconds, taking what was a nice little horror flick and turning it into direct to video awfulness. I cannot express enough how bad the ending was—it dropped at least two points off my score and is the reason I suggest skipping this movie altogether.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5

The Last Exorcism Movie Trailer

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