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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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)

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


$40,990,055 (USA) (2 October 2010)

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Ashley Bell spent over a month researching her role, including the study of several manias. See more »


Upon entering the barn for the second Exorcism scene Nell is seen to be wearing a pair of Dr Marten boots, the amount of mud on the boots varies throughout the scene. See more »


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Shanna Marcus: Cotton!
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More of a scared movie than a scary movie
20 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Hollywood storytelling at its frustratingly safest; an attempt to appease everyone and but in the end not pleasing anybody. It will not please horror fans because of the lack of scares and gore; it will not please the general audiences looking for a thriller because of its logic defying supernatural events that muddles up the storytelling and I suspect it will not appease the religious audiences since it takes a bit of negative view of exorcism and preaching. I think part of this is the reason that the pacing of the story is completely off; it builds up slowly and then bam, it's completely over the top.

The movie starts off rather well with the pastor looking to expose exorcism as a hoax with a documentary team that lands them in a perfect breeding ground for the possessed. It is at its best when it slowly builds up the situation careening out of control, not by supernatural forces but by the characters themselves. However, at this point the movie itself gets too scared to make its way to a conclusion and takes the way out via ambiguity trying to appease as broad an audience as possible. The end is so rushed and muddled that it just ends up as confusing and unfinished; someone in the audience actually said that a sequel better be made, mistaking the ending for a cliffhanger.

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