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“The Last Exorcism Part 2” Movie Review

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Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly

Written by Damien Chazelle & Ed Gass-Donnelly

Starring: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, and Spencer Treat Clark

As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.

This newest entry contains very little of the original film’s charm or surprising effectiveness. Ashley Bell is amazing as the PTDSD (Post Traumatic Demonic Stress Disorder) victim for the ages, the innocent Nell Sweetzer. Even with Bell’s nerve-wracking performance, there was very little to love about this film. The original surprised me, which is very impressive considering the two marks against it on the front end: it’s a found-footage film and it’s about possession. Both films prefer headier paths over the standard issue gore, nudity, and constant f-bombs that makeup so much of today’s horror films. Sadly, The Last Exorcism Part 2 relies on lame scares and cliche fodder to push Nell’s conflicted mental state forward. What a waste of the cool mythology surrounding Nell and the demon, Abalam.

The film starts immediately after the events of the first. Nell, shell-shocked from her crazy cult trauma, finds herself in a New Orleans halfway house – unfortunately, the demon is also after her once again. This time Nell must allow herself to be seduced in order for the demon to rightfully claim her. You might be surprised how this whole thing ends. I mean, really surprised. I’m getting ahead of myself here. I haven’t even bitched about how this and the film I saw last weekend, Dark Skies, both had scenes involving birds slamming themselves into buildings. Is this all we have, 2013? (in best Gob Bluth voice) Come on!

Cheap thrills, cheap scares, and maybe even cheaper digital effects create the unholy horror trifecta in what I hope is the end of this franchise. Eli Roth’s name is still in the mix, but gone are the original writer and director. You’ll start feeling the sting of the painfully low burn before the first act is up. It was all I could think about at several points. I’m aggravated that they’ve given Nell such a punch in the stomach. This entry deserved far better. If I had a firm rating system, I would put this in the Don’t Even Rent It section.

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6 Comments on “The Last Exorcism Part 2” Movie Review

  1. I have just given up on these films, hope a good one comes along one day but I don’t see an on the horizon 😦

  2. I can’t remember if the original was one I watched or the one I tried to watch and was bored mindless by. So many exorcism movies. Sounds like this one’s a real bummer though.

  3. Great review. I really loved The Last Exorcism and was so excited for the sequel. But I got to say I left the theater feeling disappointed. I think this movie brushed off the great elements of its predecessor and left us with a simply average horror movie. And I don’t know if the world needs another possession movie.

    If you get the chance, check out my full review on my blog. I review Horror Movies and could always use more feedback.

    http://horrormoviemedication.blogspot.com/2013/03/click-here-for-spoiler-free-review-plot.html#Last

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