THE LAST EXORCISM PART IIUnited States-88 Min. 2013


Ashley Bell as Nell

Ashley Bell as Nell

Julia Garner as Gwen

Julia Garner as Gwen

Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly

Story by Damien Chazelle

Screenplay by Damien Chazelle and Ed Gass-Donnelly

Based on characters created by Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko

The Last Exorcism Part II uses every cliché in the possession movie genre to tell its story and yet in spite of this I still found myself liking it. It picks up right where The Last Exorcism left off; Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell, The DaySparks), the possessed young girl from the first film is now living in a halfway home for troubled girls and trying her best to live a normal life away from the memories of her past. She makes friends, gets a job, meets Chris (Spencer Treat Clark, Mystic Riverand Ice Scream); the normal things a young girl should do. But to quote Jimmy Gator, “We might be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.” The demon Abalam wants Nell for his own and all it will take is for Nell to give in to his seduction.

The phone that rings even when it’s disconnected; visitations from loved ones (Louis Herthum, The Last ExorcismThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button) that the protagonist (Nell) knows is deceased; seeing people who aren’t there or who are there and then mysteriously disappear; levitation above the bed; the removal or attempted removal of nightclothes by an unseen force; the exorcism that will surely drive the demon out of that poor sweet girl but of course goes horribly wrong. You name the cliché and The Last Exorcism Part II has got it somewhere in its 88 minute time frame. That doesn’t even cover the fact that it packs in as many jump scares as possible. Despite all this I found myself liking the movie. That seems weird to say. The best way I can describe it is to compare it to seeing your mother naked and thinking, ‘whoa, what a hot babe’ and then thinking ‘what the hell are you thinking? That’s your mother you sicko pervert!’ That’s how I feel about The Last Exorcism Part II; I liked it despite knowing that I’m probably not supposed to. I liked it for Ashley Bell; just as I liked the first film in part because of her. I look at it all from this viewpoint: it’s better this happens to me with a real horror film than with something like Twilight; that would be like seeing your mother naked and using that image for future reference.


Not screened in advance for critics.



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