Exorcisms … are they the new black?

Ok… given my forthcoming book Torment is centred around an exorcism, I just had to see The Last Exorcism.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOQTxalr334

Despite feeling a little let down by the ending, there is a hell of a lot to like about this film.

The story: disheartened and maybe a little disillusioned Reverend Cotton Marcus sets out to debunk the “demonic possession” phenomenon by inviting two film students to accompany him to a farm in Louisiana where a young girl is believed to be possessed by Satan himself.

The mockumentary style, like The Blair Witch Project, works in the movie’s favour. As the horror escalates, the viewer is drawn in – trapped with the characters.

The acting IMHO is the real highlight. Ashley Bell who plays Nell is perfect, playing innocent one minute and frightening the next. Patrick Fabian, who plays Reverend Marcus is also believeable, playing the role of the con-man of the cloth with controlled strength.

The middle section of the film is when the film really shines, as the “demon” takes control of Nell and terrorises  everyone in the house. One scene where the “possessed” Nell borrows the camera is particularly unsettling.

The Last Exorcism is probably one of the most well-acted horror films I have seen for some time and certainly  deserves a place alongside Blatty’s The Exorcist. Let’s just hope they don’t spoil it by jumping on board the sequel train. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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