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Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) has made a career out of separating the devout from their hard-earned dollars, having attained notoriety as one of the few remaining American preachers willing and able to carry out exorcisms. Scam exorcisms, mind you, but exorcisms just the same, and if it makes the religious maniacs who call out to him feel better about things while lining his pockets, that’s just fine. Whether or not the reverend has a soul is debatable even to him, but over the years, he’s grown a conscience, and now, it’s gotten the better of him. Today, he is driving to a farm in rural Louisiana to perform one final exorcism, accompanied by a camera crew with whom he’s making a confessional documentary that will mark an absolute end to this part of Cotton’s life. The farm in question belongs to Louis Sweetzer (Louis Herthum), a staunch fundamentalist who’s become convinced that his teenaged daughter Nell (Ashely Bell) is demonically possessed. Cotton fully expects to be in and out in a bible-pounding theatrical flash. He couldn’t be more wrong. Reverend Cotton Marcus is about to rethink everything he’s ever known about life, death, faith and God. And about the Devil.
A spine-tingling verité chiller whose thunder will rattle the heavens, THE LAST EXORCISM
is the latest entry in an ongoing wave of subjectively shot horror films, following such recent hits as [REC]
and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
. If that sounds like a me-too cash-in, just know that it was directed by Daniel Stamm, who last tore up the fest circuit with the phenomenal and mass award-winning A NECESSARY DEATH
. That film was a powerful psychological drama which also used the mockumentary-styled storytelling device—and was one of the best pics of its kind in years. Stamm conjures remarkably naturalistic performances from his cast, to an extent where many sequences feel entirely unscripted. Need more pedigree-driven convincing? EXORCISM
was co-produced by Eli Roth and co-scripted by Andrew Gurland, who in a past life co-founded the New York Underground Film Festival in the early ’90s. They’ve emerged from the ashes with a tight, effective indie horror film that writhes with hair-raising sights and sounds, built on the foundation of a compelling spiritual conflict. It will creep you out. It may well haunt your soul.