Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Last Exorcism

Hello my horror movie loving lil monsters! today the movie of choice is The Last Exorcism directed by Daniel Stamm.The movie is basically about a documentary crew that follows a fake exorcist named Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) to a remote family farm, where he’s been hired to exorcise the demon possessed teenage daughter (Ashley Bell) of a devout Christian (Louis Herthum). Cotton's reason for coming to the farm and agreeing to the exorcism is to expose exorcism as a scam hence the documentary crew tagging along, but once he arrives at the farm, he starts to doubt whether or not he’s witnessing a real case of demonic possession.

This movie took a rather different approach to other Exorcist movies in that the horror and scare factor other Exorcist movie are known and loved for kind of took a back step. Now i'm not saying the movie is bad its just that its not what i expected and hoped it would be like, i guess i thought that this movie would be equally if not better than The Exorcism of Emily Rose  which i loved. For a movie that was about 88 minutes long, i feel they wasted too much time building up to the actual exorcism and in the end i felt that the movie was mainly about the exorcist Cotton Marcus but maybe that was the approach they wanted to take, its just that coming into the movie i wanted to see and know more about the actual girl who was being exorcised.

I do feel though that Patrick Fabian did a GREAT job portraying the reverend Cotton Marcus and i loved his character who is basically this person who has been preaching since he was 5 years old, now has a change of heart and basically is starting to doubt his relationship with God and the church with concern to exorcisms.

 I actually feel the only really scaryish part of this movie is they way the girl snaps her neck and body when she is possessed. I really did wish they would have done more scary possessed scenes because i think it would have made the movie that much better and having watched all the Exorcist movies you can't shoot me for expecting that and being disappointed when  the movie doesn't deliver.

The ending of this movie was particularly mind-boggling and i in fact found it funny, which i don't think the director was going for. To me the ending seemed like production ran out of money but they needed to finish the film so they shot the quickest,cheapest and last minute thought out ending. It also felt like the director and producers morphed movies like (The Exorcist, Rosemary's baby, Blair Witch Project, The Exorcism of Emily Rose etc..) all into the last 5 minutes of the movie as the ending, which made it seem like the directors didn't even try.

In the end this movie was not too bad as it did take a different approach to this horror movie classic but horror wise i feel the best modern version of the 1973 The Exorcist movie is The Exorcism of Emily Rose  but other people might feel differently but at the end of the day the 1973 movie still and i feel will always kick ass!!!