The Last Exorcism Part II – USA, 2012 – overview and reviews

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‘God asks. The Devil commands.’

The Last Exorcism Part II is a 2012 American supernatural horror film directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly from a screenplay by Gass-Donnelly and Damien Chazelle.

The film stars Ashley Bell, Andrew Sensenig, Spencer Treat Clark, Muse Watson, David Jensen, Judd Lormand, Joe Chrest, Julia Garner, Louis Herthum, Tarra Riggs, Ashlynn Ross, Cristina Franco, Raeden Greer, E. Roger Mitchell and Boyana Balta.

The Last Exorcism centered on an Evangelical preacher, played by Patrick Fabian, who, after years of performing exorcisms, decides to allow a documentary crew to film the last exorcism he plans to perform, in order to show his work is fraudulent.

The sequel follows Nell (Ashley Bell) who, six months after the first film’s events, has moved to a halfway house only to realize that the demon that has ruined her life is still after her!

The sequel incorporates a romantic approach that is based around Nell’s new boyfriend, Chris. There is a subplot involving Bell being targeted by a group of rogue reverends who mean to kill her.

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Reprising her role, Bell again is the film’s chief asset, delivering a memorable, unsettling performance that easily can be compared to Sissy Spacek’s Carrie. Vividly conveying her character’s complex emotions with a minimum of histrionics, she actually comes across as a real person, unlike so many glam horror film heroines who look like they’ve just stepped out of a photo shoot.” The Hollywood Reporter

“There’s little doubt that The Last Exorcism Part II is going to divide audiences, likely irritating those expecting a rush of found footage turmoil to invade the sequel. I applaud the change in direction, finding the stabilized dramatics skillfully rendered and credibly anxious, more sinister in its hushed intensity than simply spastic to cover for superficiality.” Blu-ray.com

“The script is a disappointment, but there is admittedly some limited appeal to the film overall.  The cinematography makes for a crisp looking film. Even though the jump scares are empty, they can pull a rise out of even the sleepiest viewer. And for once, a horror film exorcism is not based on Roman Catholic mythology featuring Latin phrases and splashing holy water.” Culture Crypt

“It was always going to be difficult to top the first film, but unbelievably the sequel did have the edge in one respect which as you may have guessed was the ending. Whilst by no means perfect or even terribly satisfactory, this film has a proper conclusion that is clever, a tad creepy and also sadly the only moment where the film remembers the humorous edge of the original.” UK Horror Scene

 Cast and characters:

  • Ashley Bell as Nell Margaret Sweetzer
  • Julia Garner as Gwen
  • Spencer Treat Clark as Chris
  • David Jensen as Calder
  • Tarra Riggs as Cecile
  • Louis Herthum as Louis Sweetzer
  • Boyana Balta as Lily
  • Muse Watson as Frank Merle
  • Erica Michelle as Daphne
  • Sharice Angelle Williams as Monique
  • Joe Chrest as Pastor
  • Raeden Greer as Stephanie
  • Judd Lormand as Jared
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Jeffrey
  • Steven Dane Rhodes as Drunken Tourist
  • Ashlynn Ross as Michelle
  • Andrew Sensenig as Doctor
  • Diva Tyler as Beverly
  • Marcellus Grace as Janitor
  • Deacon John Moore as Old Bluesman
  • Gideon Hodge as Tin Man
  • Cristina Franco as Marie

Filming locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana

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