Friday, November 15, 2013

Last Exorcism Part II, The - Review - @BrandonCSites / #Horror


Last Exorcism Part II, The (2013) **
D: Ed Gass-Donnelly
C: Ashley Bell, Spencer Treat Clark, Julia Garner, David Jensen, Tarra Riggs, Louis Herthum, Muse Watson
P: Following the events of the previous film, Bell finds herself in a halfway house for troubled girls struggling to live a normal life, recovering from what happened to her previously.

The Last Exorcism Part II is yet another unnecessary horror sequel that was made to cash in on the success of the original. Part II starts out intriguingly with a thoughtful storyline involving Bell seeking mental treatment and trying to reintegrate into society. This includes a cute little story in which Bell experiences her first crush with a co-worker (Clark). Things start out creepy enough with Bell being stalked, but after awhile the film settles in for one false scare after another. Some of these false scares work, some don’t, but none of them really help to move forward the story. 

Fans of the original looking for Bell to bend and mold her body into a variety of shapes like she did in the original will be disappointed. There’s not much of that going on this time around, though it gives Bell a nice opportunity to turn in a solid dramatic performance that recalls Sissy Spacek in Carrie. 

As for the promised exorcism, it barely registers this time around, though in a smart move, voodoo now takes the place of Christianity. Like the original, there is yet another twist ending, but it feels completely out of tone with the rest of the film. The Last Exorcism Part II, like the main character, suffers from its own dilemma. In one instance, it tries to bring substance and something more considered to the genre, but too often it sabotages itself to try and be a popcorn flick with some cheap scares. [PG-13] 88 mins.

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