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First the disclaimer. I disliked the amateur attempt of the first film with the hand held camera. They dropped the hand held camera and opted for better effects.
Nell is at a half way house via a medical ward. She has a day job as a maid and suffers from major "hallucinations." It seems in order for the demon to get loose, he must impregnate a somewhat pure vessel and Nell is apparently the last Christian virgin on the planet. The plot was rather mundane for demonic possession films. The acting could have been better, but was par for a sequel. The movie opens with a quick, distorted, ineffective flashback that does nothing to help anyone who hasn't seen it.
On the plus side of the film was the scare factor. It was able to effectively use sound, shadow, screams, background noises, and disappear/ reappear to create suspense and tense moments that would make most kids in a dark room go nuts. I liked the film for this reason, although I was not gaga about it. They at least did their homework. Now to bring it home with an effective script would be the next step. Makes for a satisfactory horror film rental if you just want the effect.
Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb shouted by Nell. No nudity or sex.
However, after seeing the previews to this second installment we both agreed it looked like it might be better than the first. So we watched it a few nights ago. The best thing I can say about it is that it DID keep my interest. It was mysterious, and there were some "jump out of your skin" alarming moments that horror fans love. Ashley Bell (the girl who plays Nell) is one of those actresses that has the look and mannerisms to play this kind of role.
So the movie has a good idea surrounding it, with a pretty good actress to pull the role off. What's missing? There were several times that I didn't understand what was going on - I didn't know whether the scene actually happened or if it was Nell's imagination. It seemed that there were a lot of loose ends that never got tied up by the time the movie was over. As far as the ending, I suppose they could keep the story going, but they could also end it there and it might work.
All in all, "The Last Exorcism Part II" is an okay movie. I wasn't disappointed that I spent money on watching it, but I don't think I'd watch it again. If you like these kinds of movies I say try this one out.
Ashley Bell is a young woman who is sent to live in a home for troubled girls in New Orleans after her family is killed, probably as a result of their membership in a satanic cult (I have no idea if familiarity with the first film is helpful in understanding this one, but it probably couldn`t hurt). Weird things keep happening as the forces of evil mount their assault on the most hapless, put-upon little Nell since "The Old Curiosity Shop."
It's hard to tell which is more tiresome and hackneyed - the demon-possession scenario replete with oodles of exorcism rituals and Satanic mumbo-jumbo, or the employment of every horror movie staple from false scares to levitating bodies to figures skittering by in the foreground of the picture. There's very little about the movie that feels original so we're left to ponder all the better versions we've seen of the same story while ticking off the minutes till the closing credits come crawling by.
People who are killed are done so with little explanation why; or worse, characters who appear to be on the "bad" side are relieved a mortal coil.
It's stated several times that Nell must come of her own will. This is one of dumbest attempts to get someone to "come of their own desire" I can imagine. So to convince her the entity terrorizes her at every turn and kills not only her friends but those who side with it.
Finally, the only magic that did much good, was the salt. There are sigil everywhere but you don't know for what. Apparently they are not used for much as they barely slowed the down.
The Last Exorcism Part II is not very well acted, which is par for the course for a horror movie, but what is NOT par for the course is exorcism-themed movies which are not scary. This is very dark subject matter, and a good filmmaker can do a lot with it (as in the original Exorcist). The Last Exorcism Part II instead relies on dim lighting and a bunch of cliched shock reveals (punctuated of course by a scream, gasp, roar or some other variety of overused cacophony). Sure, it will startle you because you aren't expecting it, but there is a big difference between being startled and being scared.
The filmmakers seemed to have subscribed to the school of thought that the louder the actors scream, the scarier it is. Or that if a possessed human being is making some feral dog-snarling noises, that's scary too. Except it's not, and hasn't been for 40 years. It might have been a little disturbing the first time around, but remember this is a sequel. Of course you remember; how could you forget? It's right in the title....proceeding the word "last".
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The first 'Last Exorcism' was good. This story is just as riveting. Well done acting by the entire cast.
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It was a bad movie. It was taken way overboard with the whole evil and gloom and doom! Whoever wrote it needs to rethink before writing another one!Published 4 days ago by Joanne Myers