The Last Exorcism is the latest in a long list of movies about demon possession. The film is backed by horror producer Eli Roth, who’s known for pushing the boundaries of good taste for the sake of entertainment. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t push any envelopes or break any barriers, it’s just here. It’s just another exorcism flick to throw in with the huge batch that already clutter Hollywood’s film library.
Here’s the review…
- Director: Daniel Stamm
- Screenwriters: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland
- Cast: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Caleb Landry Jones, Tony Bentley
- Cinematography: Zoltan Honti
- Original Music By: Nathan Barr
The Last Exorcism centers on a small Louisiana town where a teenage girl has been possessed by the devil. A popular reverend named Cotton Marcus comes in with a television crew in tow to document her exorcism, not knowing that it will be his last. He appears upon the request of a heavily religious father who’s seeking relief for his daughter, unfortunately Marcus isn’t the real deal. In fact, he no longer believes in demon possession, which poses a serious problem when a real exorcism is needed.
- The Performances: All of the actors used in this film have solid resumes, but none of them are big names. You believe that these are real people from a small town because you don’t know them and their performances are so genuine. You’re not distracted by outside personas, which really helps you buy the characters.
- The Story’s Point of View: This movie is like Rosemary’s Baby meets The Blair Witch in terms of its story and cinematography. The film is shown from the perspective of the camera man, we see what he sees. If he turns the camera off the movie’s over. He represents us as viewers and that was an interesting way to tell an “exorcism story.”
- The Narrative: Because of the way the story is told (reality TV style) events just happen. There’s no real narrative, things just occur and we deal with them. There’s a nice intro in the beginning that sets up the character of Cotton Marcus and his crew but from that point on we just follow them and watch the sh*t hit the fan.
- It’s Boring: In terms of horror movies this one is pretty mediocre. There’s probably one or two good jump scares in it but other than that it’s not really terrifying.
- The Possession: The actual possession of the girl was bland and uninteresting. She didn’t do anything that we haven’t already seen. If you’re expecting to see some out of control crazy demonic sequences, they’re not here.
The Last Exorcism starts off promising but falls flat. It’s not particularly scary and the possessed girl isn’t interesting to watch, which is a major problem for this movie considering its title.
The Last Exorcism hits theaters on August 27, 2010.
Do you plan on seeing The Last Exorcism this weekend?