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The Last Exorcism (2010)

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A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

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Daniel Stamm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Fabian ... Cotton Marcus
Ashley Bell ... Nell Sweetzer
Iris Bahr ... Iris Reisen
Louis Herthum ... Louis Sweetzer
Caleb Landry Jones ... Caleb Sweetzer
Tony Bentley ... Pastor Manley
John Wright Jr. John Wright Jr. ... John Marcus
Shanna Forrestall ... Shanna Marcus
Justin Shafer Justin Shafer ... Justin Marcus
Carol Sutton ... Shopkeeper
Victoria Patenaude ... Motorist
John Wilmot ... Spindly Man
Becky Fly ... Becky Davis
Denise Lee ... Nurse
Logan Craig Reid Logan Craig Reid ... Logan Winters
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cotton See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,366,613, 29 August 2010

Gross USA:

$41,034,350

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,738,090
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Earned over ten times its budget ($1.8 million) and recouped all its marketing costs ($20 million) during its opening weekend in the US. See more »

Goofs

Despite being a film composed of "found footage," several scenes in the film are scored in the typical horror movie fashion (screeching violins, thumping bass, acoustic guitars). This would presumably be absent from a collection of footage showing such disturbing events, and obviously could not have been added in post production by the characters. See more »

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[first lines]
Shanna Marcus: Cotton!
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Should Found Footage Stop? (2015) See more »

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Black Paws, Snow Deep
Written and Performed by Caleb Landry Jones (as Caleb Jones)
Courtesy of Caleb Jones
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Last Exorcism-- it worked for me
14 October 2010 | by matt-s-switzerSee all my reviews

If you've seen this film, you have an opinion on it. And this is natural given the open ended finale of the movie. For those who haven't seen the movie--don't worry--I don't plan on ruining it by saying anything in this review that you wouldn't know by seeing the preview or anything that would detract from your viewing experience? at least I'll try not to.

The highlight of the movie for me was Pastor Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian). He succeeded in weaving together a layered, complex character which is rare for the horror genre. He plays a southern Baptist minister who grew up in the church. As a PK, he was bred to be on the pulpit. One would think that with a lifetime spent in the church, his faith would be devout--quite the opposite. As years have passed, his faith has weakened to a point where now even he doubts.

Another huge plus for me in this film are the ups and downs--one minute your knees are at your chest and you're on the verge of covering your eyes, and the next you're lost in the development of the plot.

No matter what your thoughts on the end of the movie, I challenge someone to dispute the merits of a scary movie to put more emphasis on character development to further the suspense than the typically cheap thrills.


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