THE LAST RITE (2020) Reviews of British sleep paralysis demon pic

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‘Don’t let him in’
The Last Rite is a 2020 British horror film about a female medical student who suffers from recurring sleep paralysis. Unfortunately, after moving in with her boyfriend she finds herself plagued by a demonic entity.

Written, directed, photographed and edited by actor Leroy Kincaide (The Rizen: Possession; I Am Vengeance; The Lethal Game) – making his feature directorial debut.

The Nocturnal Pictures production stars Johnny Fleming, Bethan Waller, Tara Hoyos-Martinez and David Kerr. Produced by Chloe Chudasama and Leroy Kincaide.

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The Last Rite doesn’t offer much new in any of its multiple fear-fare foci, and it does seem to try to cram those elements into one feature at the expense of fleshing out some plot details, but Kincaide obviously had a vision for the film and stayed with it. The Last Rite is an ambitious effort and offers enough chills to keep things entertaining throughout.” Gruesome magazine

“The importance of characters and world-building shines bright in Leroy Kincaide’s assured debut feature. With shifting perspectives and well-executed scare sequences, The Last Rite is a tale of demonic possession that respects the frameworks of the story whilst still striking out into its own new and exciting directions.” The Hollywood News

“Waller does an excellent job in a physically demanding role. After being passive for much the first half, she gets to let it all out – doing raw, guttural calls and prowling like an animal. She ends up many miles away from the ‘not like the other girls’ lead I first saw her as. I just wish the whole film had been less like the other supernatural horrors.” Horror Cult Films

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“Kincaide may have stretched himself too thin by doing everything here, with the script notably weaker than the direction, photography and sound design.  The dialogue is often clunky, the pacing is weirdly off […]  It does have a nice sense of ominous gloom and one or two gooseflesh-prompting moments.” The Kim Newman Website

” …an oddly slow movie that seems to drag its feet for the majority of the runtime; the pace is doddering at best […] The direction is serviceable, with the production design nicely minimal with a few striking pieces adding visual interest at least, and one or two well-realised scenes of practical effects.” The Movie Waffler

The Last Rite Horror Film Frightfest

The Last Rite confounds the supernatural, the psychological and the spiritual in pinning down – or not – what exactly is afflicting Lucy. It is a matter hardly settled by the film’s inconclusive ending, leaving the suggestion that the heroine’s syndrome of problems – mental illness, sleep paralysis, childhood trauma, crippling grief, the patriarchy, maybe even genuine demonic possession – do not come with easy or pat solutions.” Projected Figures

The Last Rite Horror Film Frightfest

“For a low-budget independent movie, The Last Rite has the potential to be accessible to a more mainstream audience thanks to Kincaide’s impressive cinematography and the overall production values. While the acting is variable, it’s proficient enough to keep the viewer engaged with the story.” Starburst

In the USA, The Last Rite will be released On-Demand on November 26th 2021.

The film was shown at the 2021 Arrow Video FrightFest in London on August 28, 2021.

Technical details:

115 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2:39:1



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