Sunday, September 8, 2013
THE LAST EXORCISM PART II (2013)
Edited & Directed By: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Written By: Damien Chazelle & Ed Gass-Donnelly
Cinematography By: Brendan Steacy
Cast: Ashley Bell, Muse Watson, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, Tarra Riggs
As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.
When it came to the first film which would have been a great stand alone film. It tied into the whole shaky cam found footage semi documentary style that was popular at the time, but it had an original voice as it started off as kind of showing hoaxes and all of a sudden turned real and into a horror that kept you guessing making you feel truly terrified.
This sequel truly done a disservice as I fully discredits the first film to a point and only by having the lead actress return, does it truly make it a sequel as it is filmed normally. Now when the first film ended it left a few questions. One of the reasons I was Intrigued to even watch the sequel was hoping at least some of these lingering questions would be answered. This film doesn't really answer any nor does it even approach any of them. I am wondering of it's is to be accessible to those who might not have seen the first film.
I recently posted a rant about the problems I have or that I see with modern horror films. This film is the epitome of exactly what I was talking about.
The films first hour seems to have useless jump cuts and fake scares about every 5 minutes hat really doesn't move the story Ali and feels like cheap theatrics high I guess the director though were helping to put us on edge and in the head of the lead actress. As the film goes on it get's more ridiculous and basic. Then when the inevitable happen it never comes as a shock. I guess the downbeat ending was supposed to be something new. Though thankfully it doesn't really leave much of a chance for a sequel nor does the fax that the film bombed which leaves me hope that audiences still have taste.
One of the things that these type of films logic never makes sense to me. Demons possess bodies why to come to earth to cause destruction and make the human world into hell which they just escaped from? Is it like then trying to have thier own start up escape destroy this world now they are the ruler here and those who perish got hell or heaven leaving the demon with prime real estate ad a few to torture. Seems like Lex Luthor’s real estate plan from superman returns that made no sense all over again. Or is it a holiday or a recruiting mission which if you look at how they treat the hosts isn't a great advertisement for the cause.
Trust me their is no reason to see the film even the effects aren't that impressive and the only seems to ask of it's actresses is to see how limber they are as they are put in pretty uncomfortable poses.
There are a couple of scenes that are pretty unintentionally laughable. Like when the girls are supposed to write letters to those who hurt them and the lead writes a letter to the demon. The film also never establishes if one or some o the characters are actually possessed or if t truly is a manifestation of her mind. Some of the times it just makes you wonder if some are just evil or possessed. The exorcism scene towards the end would have been a great scene in a better film and if you didn't already get the feeling none of the characters really knew what they were doing or weren't powerful enough for what they were challenging. Plus those characters come into the film rather abruptly and quickly without any back story or explanation that they feel rushed in or line a last minute idea that or like a marvel movie before THE AVENGERS like they were Cameoing and their story would be told later in a sequel or prequel of their own.