Should The Last Exorcism be cast out of theaters?
The Last Exorcism Part II picks up right where the original left off. Nell Sweetzer (played by Ashley Bell) is the only individual left after the cult ceremony toward the end of the first film. Sweetzer travels to a home for recovering victims and begins to pick up the pieces.
She tries to make a new life for herself, which includes a new job and a possible romantic interest.
Just as Nell begins to forget the horrifying events of her past, the evil that once possessed her comes back for more.
Nell soon realizes she must partake in another exorcism, but just like the first time, the situation doesn’t go as planned. The events that follow are even more terrifying than anyone could ever imagine.
The film has an overall MPAA rating of PG-13 for horror violence, terror and brief language. Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly, the movie also features Spencer Treat Clark (who played Lucius in Gladiator), Julia Garner and Judd Derek Lormand (who played Officer Darrell Lino in Joyful Noise).
Bell’s most recent projects include: The Black Tulip, Sparks, The Bounceback and The Marine: Homefront.
Unfortunately, The Last Exorcism Part II takes a major step back from the original film. The plot is so overused and washed up. Not even the few cheap jump scares can save the movie.
Even though Bell is spot- on with her acting, it’s just not enough to make an average thriller extraordinary. The Last Exorcism was interesting and kept viewers guessing until the very last scene.
As for Part II, well, the trailer is as good as it gets. The sequel is predictable and downright boring.
The film closes without a solid ending, leaving room for a third movie, but if I were the director, I would just close the door on the franchise now before it turns into another cheesy Paranormal Activity series.
If you’re looking for an even scarier version of the first film, you won’t find it here. Don’t waste money going to see the sequel. You’ll be left disappointed and wishing you had rented it at the nearest Redbox instead.