The Last Exorcism
by Keith Kelly
“The Last Exorcism”, directed by Daniel
Stamm, is one of the best “demon possession” movies in quite awhile.
It’s stylish and creepy, and effectively keeps you guessing about
things right to the end. Starring a cast of virtual unknowns, this
film is a mix of “The Blair Witch Project” and “The Exorcist”, with
a touch of “Rosemary’s Baby” thrown in.
Patrick Fabian effectively plays the charismatic but faithless
preacher, who is tired of his years of performing fake demon
removals. He engages a documentary film crew to follow him as he
plans on exposing all the tricks of the trade, live on camera,
including hidden speakers pumping out demon noises, wires to rattle
things, a smoking crucifix, and a few other literally shocking
gimmicks. When he meets his last case, circumstances might be
pointing to a real possession. Or is it?
“The Last Exorcism” is scary without being gory, well written, and
filled with strong performances. Not as totally terrifying as the
original “Exorcist” but a good ride at the theatre nonetheless.
I give “The Last Exorcism”, produced by Eli Roth, a grade of B+.
I’m Keith Kelly.
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