A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.
First off, the film is cleverly constructed and written. Yes, it is again a mockumentary-style horror film, but there is an engaging storyline behind it. Reverend Cotton Marcus is an exorcist, but the thing is, he doesn't believe in demons or possessions. He believes that what he does lets others sleep well and that he heals them in a way, and does not believe in the word 'fraud'. This is a very interesting character, and to me, obviously flawed, but still human and sympathetic. When he goes to a farm where a girl named Nell is supposed to be possessed, well, I do not want to give much more away. The film is certainly clever, and it does have some nice scares. It also has a great central performance from both Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell. The film is always on the verge of giving one hysteria just because of what the characters are going through.
The very good thing is that this is an unpredictable film. I wouldn't necessarily call it brainless horror fun, because I am sure seeing a lot of this to many would probably disturb them. After reading reviews, from people who both liked and disliked this film, it seems that a big part of their criticism came from the ending. I was excited to see what the ending would be. It seems that when a film, not just a horror film, has an ending this talked about then it is to be congratulated for at least sparking up debate this much. Yes, maybe I do give it credit in that department, but as of now, I could have probably been left with a better impression without the ending. Much of the film's intelligence comes from the fact of what aspect of faith and religion play in a part like this, and how satirical the film was at times as well. It is not that the ending erased this, but it is that it certainly gives off a whole different storyline to what the film actually was. I am still not sure what point it was trying to make by this ending. Oh, and I didn't like the complete last shot because I definitely thought that it was unoriginal, as it has been seen by possibly all of the other shaky-cam horrors out there. It was probably the only unoriginal and completely lazy thing about the film, not the ending reveal, but the complete last shot and the way it actually ended.
Ultimately, I really like this film, a lot. I am still not quite sure why I liked it so much, but I did. The ending is certain to anger a lot of people off, it already did, and will possibly be the reason many hate it and the reason it has such a low score on here. However, is it truly a 'bad' ending? I don't really think it is, well besides the complete last shot of the film, I just think it is underwhelming to what we had seen before. I am not really sure if I truly liked it more or disliked it more, but the film is certainly worth a watch. I also think that this film will perhaps benefit from repeat viewings, unlike a lot of these type of horrors. It may not be as scary or as fun as last year's Paranormal Activity, but it is perhaps more complex.
- Dec 5, 2010