The Last Exorcism – Review

The poster for The Last Exorcism had me thinking it was nothing special but as soon as I found out it was done in a “found footage” style I couldn’t resist.

A documentary crew follow a preacher (Patrick Fabian) after he has lost his faith and chooses to perform one last exorcism to uncover it as the practice of fraudsters. Naturally things don’t go as planned as lots of scary stuff happens and plots get twisted.

The mockumentary format allows for some naturalistic acting and minimal editing which helps makes the horror that much more convincing and therefore terrifying. The long takes filled with frantic scenes of a little possessed girl became quite intense and had me burrowing into my seat.

Ashley Bell makes the film as the possessed girl, at once playing a sweet innocent and a terrifying, contorting beasty. Bell is apparently double jointed and did all the bendy bits for real.

With an ending that will surprise you The Last Exorcism is a good low budget horror film that will soon be topped by Paranormal Activity 2 and likely forgotten in a months time.

Out Now – 3rd September 2010

Argh, lots of films out today. Now the blockbusters are over there’s no real competition so they’re throwing them out there.

22 Bullets
A French film about a man who is shot with 22 bullets and then goes on what is described as a “revenge spree”. Guns!

Bonded by Blood
A gritty British film about crime and criminals in the South. It has swearing in the tagline, it must be good.

Certified Copy
Another French film but this time a romantic comedy about an English writer in France. Binoche!

Dinner for Schmucks
What I have now decided is a good cast in a terrible film. It’s going to be hard not seeing this and knwoing that Jemaine Clement is in it. Schmuck!

Jonah Hex
I thought this would be released with a bit more fanfare but I haven’t seen a single poster yet. Josh Brolin played a bounty hunter out to stop a terrorist trying to unleash hell on earth. Malkovich!

The Last Exorcism
An exorcism happens. Before that some pretty grim violence happens too. Baby in a fire!

No Impact Man
A documentary following a family in New York who try and live for a year while making no net environmental impact. Good luck!

Why Did I Get Married Too?
A sequel to a film I haven’t seen which is getting terrible reviews. Pass!

Cherry Tree Lane (limited release)
A violent British film about a couple being terrorised by a gang trying to kill their son. Only out in one cinema so you’ll have to really try if you want to see it. Youth.

SoulBoy (limited release)
Set against the 70’s Northern Soul music scene we have a coming of age drama featuring a love triangle and Mild Concern’s favourite Felicity Jones. The similarities to Cemetery Junction are a bit too easy. Hell if Felicity Jones is in it, I can’t resist. Felicity!

Splintered (limited release)
Something about a human animal thing in a house. I think people go in that house and don’t come out again. Use a tweezer!