Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Last Exorcism (2010)

The Last Exorcism (USA & France, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Daniel Stamm
MPAA Rating: PG-13
[UK: 15]
Approx. 87 min.

Z-rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Cheese Factor: 1 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting take on the traditional exorcism movie. Movies like The Exorcist usually approach the story from the angle that the devil is real and we're witnessing the proverbial battle between good and evil as a priest tries to drive the devil from an innocent soul. This movie actually begins with a minister who has been performing "fake" exorcisms for years and is planning to quit. As a result, he has agreed to be the subject of a documentary that is trying to expose exorcisms as a fraud. The camera crew accompanies him on his final exorcism of some farmer's daughter. While there, he performs his fake exorcism using his bag of tricks and says that the devil is gone from the girl and it's the father's responsibility to keep him out of the house. Although before he can skip town with the wad of cash that he made, the girl shows up at their motel room randomly, prompting the crew to bring the girl back. The father insists that he perform another exorcism but now he has completely changed his tune, insisting that the father get her psychological help instead. Weird things start happening and the phony Reverend agrees to perform another exorcism, this time a REAL one, in an attempt to drive the devil from girl.

This was a different angle that they tried to approach it from, probably one of the first movies I've ever seen that tried to dispel the myth of exorcisms rather than being rooted in its beliefs. There are moments during the movie where you question whether she truly is possessed or if she's just a girl with deep psychological issues. Of course, being a horror movie, it comes full circle and the devil (or at least something supernatural) might be at work here towards the end but at least it starts out with a bit of skepticism. Very interesting approach to the exorcism story. I give them credit for a bit of originality.

Nudity: None. This movie is PG-13

Gore: Someone picks up the camera at one point, goes out to the farmhouse, and slaughters a cat in front of the camera. Still, nothing too violent to warrant an R-rating.

Awesome: This movie was okay but nothing special. Nothing that really stands out or is particularly worth mentioning. I'm not sure if it's because it's rated PG-13 but some of the scenes seemed a little less intense than they could've been. I would've liked to have seen a more extreme R-rated exorcism film but I guess that's why we have The Exorcist. This is on the other end of the spectrum, for thinking horror fans that might not necessarily go for all the blood, gore, and violence. Go ahead and check it out if you're interested but I wouldn't go out of my way to see this one.