Friday, May 24, 2013

Freaky Friday: The Last Exorcism

Any movie that calls itself the "last" anything has me automatically raising my eyebrows. If it's the last exorcism, then we can expect to never see another exorcism movie again, no? Sure. Today, our Fearless Blogger is back giving us the rundown on the not-so-last, The Last Exorcism.
"I have this, I don’t know what you’d call it, maybe interest would be enough, in exorcism. Heck, I’ve now written two books about it, so I better be interested. At any rate, that of course leads me to check out every single exorcism and possession movie that comes down the pike. Some of them are really great, and some, well, suck lime green donkey balls.
The Last Exorcism begins by introducing us to Cotton Marcus (the fact that his name is close to Cotton Mather is not lost on me). He is a preacher/exorcist who admits that his exorcisms are a charade in front of the camera. His plan: to debunk the mystery around exorcism to save lives. This being a horror film, things do not go as planned.
Something interesting about the movie: The actress, Ashley Bell, who plays the possessed girl, actually has a medical condition called hypermobility. This means that she can contort her body in various ways that us regular jointed folks can’t. So, any weird contortion you see of her body in the movie, well, that’s all her. Kind of cool.
Sadly, that is where the coolness ends. The great majority of the action occurs off screen, the plot feels like it was put together with swatches of duct tape, and [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] having the girl give birth to an iguana/human hybrid to bring about the end of the world is seriously stupid. I’m sure iguana owners would love to know that they have so much power. Let’s all go out and buy an iguana! Oh, wait. Let’s not.

Please, someone, make another good exorcism movie. I’m begging you.

Rating: C-. Maybe."

What is your favorite all time exorcism movie? Mine is easily the one and only original, The Exorcist. Long live pea soup!

3 comments :

  1. I felt the same way about this one. It fell terribly short for me.

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  2. I haven't even seen trailers for this, but I love your review. Laughing a lot now, and about to forward this link to my sister in law that has several pet lizards. :)

    I recently watched Awakening, a BBC style period film. Slow, but well done. Creepy in a British way. No gratuitous gore. Anyway, same premise. The investigator's life work was to debunk mediums and the like.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed the review. :) I went to see this one in the theatre with such hopes. Oh well.

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