The Last Exorcism

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The Last Exorcism

Daniel Stamm (2010)

83min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
There's not much particularly original about this demon-themed shocker, which bolts the now distinctly tired-looking fake documentary gimmick (à la The Blair Witch Project) to a plot not a million miles removed from the grandaddy of possession palavers, 1973's The Exorcist. But the direction and performances are solid enough to hold the attention right up to the maddeningly mishandled ending. Cotton Marcus (the excellent Patrick Fabian) is a disillusioned evangelical pastor who, having decided to turn ecclesiastical whistle-blower, grants a documentary crew permission to film him faking an exorcism. All goes to plan at the conveniently isolated farmhouse location, until the possessed child (the extraordinarily flexible Ashley Bell) turns out to be more demonically afflicted than anyone had prepared for. It's all moderately spooky for the first hour or so, and Bell's contortions (achieved, we are informed, without special effects) are alarming enough, but things take a turn for the overwrought in the final reel. And if this is meant to be "found footage", who added the clichéd horror score?

Summary

A disillusioned preacher travels America performing exorcisms, but does not really believe in the demons he claims to be casting out. He invites a documentary crew to record what he intends to be his last exorcism, only to find that this time supernatural forces really are at work. Horror, starring Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell.

Cast & Crew

Cotton Marcus Patrick Fabian
Nell Sweetzer Ashley Bell
Iris Reisen Iris Bahr
Louis Sweetzer Louis Herthum
Caleb Sweetzer Caleb Landry Jones
Pastor Manley Tony Bentley
John Marcus John Wright Jr
Shanna Marcus Shanna Forrestall
Justin Marcus Justin Shafer
Shopkeeper Carol Sutton
Director Daniel Stamm
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Sep 2010
Drama