Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Last Exorcism (2010)

Director: Daniel Stamm. Cast: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum. 87 min. Rated PG-13. Horror.

If you've been up-to-date on the horror genre, this opens with a very absorbing [REC] or Quarantine style narration (where a few unassuming documentary filmmakers run into genuine horror), and continues in The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity mode, creating some moments of true terror. But then at the end, suddenly dumbs everything down with a contrived ending copied from of an old Polanski classic, and leaves the viewer speechless at what a great horror movie opportunity had been wasted. Great acting by Ashley Bell. But what a waste.

Mo says:


  1. I may have to see this just to see the ending that everyone hated so much. But that aside, where's the review of Piranha 3D???

  2. Actually, on the way to the theater, I was deciding between this, and Piranha 3D!

    OK, one more reason to go this weekend ...

  3. No doubt the ending was demanded by some suit thinking it would make the film more commercial. A bit like the original happy ending to Bladerunner.

  4. I wish the ending would have left us out in limbo, making us guess was this all explainable hocus-pocus, or is there some menacing spiritual entity out there? In other words, I would highly recommend "The Exorcism of Emily Rose".