Film: The Last Exorcism
Director: Daniel Stamm
Studio: Strike Entertainment and StudioCanal
Length: 1 hour 28 min.
Main Actors: Patrick Fabian, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Ashley Bell
I've never watched The Exorcist in its entirety, but I've seen multiple exorcism spin-offs that were absolute garbage. Unlike many exorcism derivatives, I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Exorcism. The plot of the story was also different from others; it revolved around Reverend Cotton Marcus and his disbelief in the devil. Because the movie was filmed in a documentary format, the film was more suspenseful and introduced two more characters who added to the story. The movie made sure to develop the characters before launching off in the 'exorcism' which definitely improved the quality of the movie. Cotton Marcus was cleverly developed; the tricks he used were very amusing.
I'm not scared very easily when watching scary movies, but I have to admit, I watched a some of the movie through my fingers. The suspense was not dependent on blood and gore which made the movie much better. The only particularly gruesome part was the beating of the cat and slashing of Caleb's face. The selected cast was great; they performed very well and were believable. I liked how the movie introduced us to Reverend Marcus. He was a very confident and composed man who knew what he was doing. When his first 'exorcism' failed he was at a loss for words and the audience realized the changing mood of the movie.
Though a good movie overall, the movie's ending was too unexpected. Having the entire town turn out to be devil-worshippers is a bit of a stretch. With Cotton and Iris deceased by the method depicted in Nell's picture, the audience knows what is going to happen to Dave and it wasn't interesting. I was just waiting for some one to pop out and decapitate him. [continues]
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