‘The Last Exorcism’ is yet another found-footage supernatural horror film I have watched in recent times, including Paranormal Activity and Grave Encounters. What makes this horror film different from others is its subject and, of course, the attempt to give a conclusion with no such definite “point of view” rather leaving everything to the audience to construct their own belief.
The story starts with a disillusioned evangelical Christian Cotton Marcus (played by Patrick Fabian) who doesn’t believe in the existence of the devil yet he is popular in performing the exorcism. Being a deceiver, he only performs this as his profession; he tricks people to get them over from the possession of the devil.
Marcus sees everything as a play of human psychology. This time he is somehow adamant in exposing the fraud behind exorcism while agreeing to perform his last exorcism in front of the camera for a team of documentary filmmakers, which eventually brings him face to face with reality.
When he arrives at a rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer (Louis Herthum), who claims that her daughter Nell (Ashley Bell) is possessed by some demon, Marcus expects to perform just another exorcism on a disturbed religious fanatic. After performing a fake exorcism when Marcus comes to thinking that everything has been finally settled, things start to get complex and terrifying.
Produced by Eli Roth, who has produced and directed movies like “Hostel”, and who has also acted in movies like “Inglourious Basterds”, The Last Exorcism is a horror film with no such chilling effects. The movie somehow could not rise from the halfway point, and in an attempt to make it an anxious horror film, it ends up with more silly moments than scary ones.
The Last Exorcism certainly has more moments of suspense than horror ones. Watch it for the plot, but don’t go by its poster.
Watch the movie trailer of ‘The Last Exorcism’
Genre(s): Thriller, Horror
Starring: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr
Directed by Daniel Stamm
Written by Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland
Released on June 24, 2010 (Los Angeles Film Festival); August 27, 2010 (Worldwide)
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