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The Last Exorcism (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 27 August 2010 (USA)
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A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

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In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the evangelical Reverend Cotton Marcus was raised by his father to be a preacher. He agrees that the filmmaker Iris Reisen and the cameraman Daniel Moskowitz make a documentary about his life. Cotton tells that when his wife Shanna Marcus had troubles in the delivery of their son Justin, he prioritized the doctor help to God and since then he questions his faith. Further, he tells that exorcisms are frauds but the results are good for the believers because they believe it is true. When Cotton is summoned by the farmer Louis Sweetzer to perform an exorcism in his daughter Nell, Cotton sees the chance to prove to the documentary crew what he has just told. They head to Ivanwood and they have a hostile reception from Louis's son Caleb. Cotton performs the exorcism in Nell, exposing his tricks to the camera, but sooner they learn that the dysfunctional Sweetzer family has serious problems. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Believe In Him. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material | See all certifications »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,366,613 (USA) (27 August 2010)

Gross:

$40,990,055 (USA) (2 October 2010)
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Partly inspired by Marjoe (1972), the 1972 documentary about fundamentalist huckster, Marjoe Gortner. See more »

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At 9:51, there is a shot of a newspaper article about the death of an autistic boy. The article is in three columns. Half way down the third column, the article repeats, starting from the beginning again. See more »

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Shanna Marcus: Cotton!
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Referenced in The Gruen Transfer: Shaving (2010) See more »

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Black Paws, Snow Deep
Written and Performed by Caleb Landry Jones (as Caleb Jones)
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One of the most disappointing horror movies in a long time...
20 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Last Exorcism is well acted, and has a fairly good (but familiar) storyline. But everything else is just disappointing.

From reviews, I was expecting an original new horror film. However, it takes about 45 minutes to get into the actual exorcism. The twist at the end doesn't make any sense at all, because the camera is all shaky and you really can't tell what is going on.

There are also lots of random scary scenes, where the writer/director just thinks 'we will just put a scary scene there to make the movie interesting'. In fact, those scary scenes just make the movie pointless and boring. There are no particularly creepy shots, or atmosphere anywhere in the movie.

Now, lets talk about the 'documentary' style to the film. It would have worked well, but the director decides to put eerie music in there. People who make documentaries do not just add some music in a documentary for effect. Also, some shots look like they are made to look like a normal movie, not a documentary. These aspects just make the style tacky, and not scary.

I found Paranormal Activity quite boring, but that doesn't compare to this piece of crap.

Overall: 1 out of 5 OR 2 out of 10 OR D-


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