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August 28, 2010

THE LAST EXORCISM

COLE SMITHEY

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More a sketch of an idea for a horror movie than a fully formed film "The Last Exorcism" is a yawn-inducing attempt to cash in on a combination of exhausted genre tropes. Following in the shaky-cam, found-footage, footsteps of "The Blair Witch Project," Daniel Stamm directs an incompetent script about Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian).

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Cotton is a religious fraud engaged in carrying on his family's well-established business of conducting exorcisms for illiterate backwoods types who traditionally respond well to the power of material-supported suggestion. An evangelical magician/con man, Cotton takes along a couple of documentarians — the cameraman is never shown but the annoying sound girl (Iris Bahr) can't keep her mouth shut — to record his experiences as a way of coming clean about his dicey religious practices.

Con-man minister seeks redemption in 'Last Exorcism'

The trio go on a road trip to rural Louisiana where Louis Sweetzer, a fundamentalist farmer, believes his daughter Nell (Ashley Bell) is possessed and is responsible for killing their livestock in the dead of night. Home-schooled Nell turns out to be quite a contortionist when the opportunity presents itself, and her freaky brother Caleb (Caleb Landry Jones) is just as threatening as their dad turns out to be.

Review: 'The Last Exorcism' - CNN.com

Riddled with poor lighting, inappropriate use of music, and a plot you could fit in a tea cup, "The Last Exorcism" has all the appeal of a glorified, but poorly shot, student film.

Rated PG-13. 90 mins.

1 Star

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