Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Last Exorcism (2010)

After some debate between Resident Evil, Piranha and the Last Exorcism, I ended up deciding on the Last Exorcism. It had been a while since seeing something in the theatre and felt it was time. Reading no reviews and armed with popcorn, it was time to see what Eli Roth had in store. Although, it would be nice to see more stuff, if only there was a like-minded horror fanatic in the local area…

Plot / A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. There is really nothing about an exorcism. The Reverend Cotton Marcus never even performs a true exorcism; he is a fraud trying to prove there are no such things as demon possessions. He just watches this girl be possessed by a demon, and does not do anything.

This is a great example of what a perfect marketing campaign can do, especially when the promos and posters are deceiving. In all, I found the story very sound and entertaining. However, it was the overall lack of scariness, gore or any type of horror elements that turned me off. As I mentioned as soon as I saw it, if I turned on Discovery, I could see something similar without spending money on a ticket. For that, I guess the filmmakers should be applauded, Yes, there are some religious inconsistencies, and some of the acting is a bit too much. Nevertheless, there are some good points with character development in the beginning that are at fun. Some of the physical ailments that inflict Nell are pretty good and there is enough comedy thrown in to make it laughable. To me, this wasn’t a terrible horror movie, but, in reality, it was not a horror movie in the first place. This is actually a decent film for the Netflix cue; add some popcorn and it will be an entertaining 90 minutes on your couch.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear I wasn't the only person that felt like they were fooled by the marketing campaign. The previews were mostly the last 10-15 minutes of the movie, which turned out not to be scary at all. Cotton was a good character, and the story wasn't bad. The ending was questionable.