From the producer Eli Roth (Hostel) comes a chilling and haunting authentic horror that will bring you as close to a real exorcism as you will ever want to get.
Reverend Cotton Marcus is a well-known practitioner of exorcisms, with many faithful believers in his work - only he's not one of them. In the twilight of his career he decides it's time to reveal the truth by allowing a film crew to expose the secrets of his trade in a final exorcism.
Cotton's last case takes him to the Deep South to perform the exorcism on teenage girl Nell Sweetzer. But soon he discovers that he will need to conjure much more than a charade to put his last demon to rest.
Both intelligent and terrifying, The Last Exorcim's compelling pace builds to a horrific conclusion that will give you a good reason to be frightened after dark.
+ Audio commentaries
+ The Devil You Know: The making of The Last Exorcism
+ Real stories of exorcism
+ Audition footage
I must admit that when I sat down to watch this I wasn't sure how I would actually enjoy it, partly because some of these films can be cliched and also party that sometimes these films make me uncomfortable due to my own personal faith.
I was rather surprised to find that not only did I enjoy the film but it was genuinely an intelligent film that went deeper than just giving the audience a good scare.
Scare? Ok yes it did creep out both me and Mr Geek, not due to the usual blatant cheap thrills offered by a horror movie but because you were kept guessing for so long as what was actually happening.
It was also one of the few documentary style films that I have watched that felt authentic. Normally I tend to view them and switch off. However this was done skilfully and actually kept me engaged.
I also found the film left me considering one main question, is it healthy to dismiss it all as rubbish or is there reality? Where is the line?? Most of all it was a CS Lewis quote that I really feel sums up the film....
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."
- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Definitely a must see for horror fans looking for that something more.
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