REVIEW: THE LAST EXORCISM
When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy.
Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus’ own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late.
REVIEW: If you’re up for a horror film that will make you cringe, scream, cover your eyes every split second, and make you want to go home and sleep next to your mommy, then this is not the movie you want to see. This is the complete opposite of what you would expect from a horror film especially being classified in the same genre as The Exorcist, it slightly upholds the stature of the other films. The writer’s intent to define this film differently by means of portraying the main character, Reverend Cotton Marcus, as an individual who is humorous which is conveyed through questioning his own faith, creates a unique comical tone to the storyline. At the same time, it depicts the credibility and morale of an imperfect human being, that chooses to lead his life and preach in the name of God, in which is readily reflected in today’s and historical times of religion.
Reverend Marcus’s faith is put to the test through his own documentary over his disbelief on exorcism. He randomly selects a distorted family living on a Louisiana farm as his subject to prove a point over exorcism while extorting money at the same time, however, throughout his visit he slowly ironically discovers what he was patronizing to become a reality. The setting, storyline, and characters of the movie were perfect and had the potential to create a spine chilling film. Unfortunately, having the greatest tools doesn’t automatically give you an award winning film unless you know how to exercise them. The plot leads to a disappointment, desperately wanting an ending to have more of a message or ironic judgment. Instead, the viewer is left with a horrible ending leaving one to believe the writer did not know how to end the story or basically production was cut short.
In short, even though some parts of the film did have its highlights of neck cringing disturbing moments compared to the original exorcism film where till this day I have images of the creepy little girl embedded in my head, it is forgettable the minute you walk out of the theater.
By Nidia A
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