Ready to expose his miraculous deeds as mere trickery, Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a documentary crew to film his final exorcism. But when the devil actually possesses a girl’s body, Marcus must regain his faith and engage in the fight of his life. Produced by Eli Roth and directed by Daniel Stamm, this frighteningly realistic horror movie also stars Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr and Louis Herthum.
Rating: 3 out of 10
Have you ever seen a film that was pretty good and then the ending completely ruined it? The first film that came to mind for me was Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.” The ending to that film was anticlimactic and overly sentimental. I liked it until the last 15 minutes. I felt the same way about “The Last Exorcism.”
Because I pride myself on writing spoiler-free reviews, I will not mention what actually happens at the end, but I will discuss some of the things they did wrong. First off, what kind of film does it want to be? It starts off as a mockumentary of a faith challenged preacher who is going to show all the tricks of the trade of a fake exorcism. He goes to the house of a girl who is suspected to be possessed by a demon because of her bizarre and violent outbursts. He then conducts a fake exorcism with little gadgets he has hidden around the room of the supposedly possessed girl. Her and her family fall for it and the preacher gets the film crew to document his bullshit so other preachers can’t do the same to others. Then, it starts to get stupid and becomes a standard horror film. The girl’s erratic behavior continues, her father threatens the preacher with a gun to heal his girl, shadows in the night, lots of creepy nighttime staring by the possessed girl, and blah blah blah. Then, the ending…that is so stupid, so dumb, and so utterly detached from the rest of the flick that it feels like they grabbed it from another movie. At this point, I bursted into laughter and I’m pretty sure that is not what the filmmakers wanted.