The Last Exorcism: Part II

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Check out that poster. Clever, huh?

Anyways, the second “Last Exorcism” continues the story of Nell Sweetzer, who was possessed by a demon (and more) in the first “Last Exorcism”. Here, she’s discovered with a bout of amnesia and given shelter in a home for girls. Of course, it’s not long before her battle with demonic forces begins again.

She’s still being hounded by the demon “Blahblahblah…lum”

Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) finds her way into a couple’s home after having endured a traumatic ordeal revolving around demonic possession. Nearly catatonic when she’s found, she’s taken to a hospital and nursed back to health. She has a degree of selective amnesia and no means of taking care of herself, so she’s discharged to a home for girls.

Nell Awkwardly tries to fit in. She’s jumpy, doesn’t remember her recent past, and is more than a bit naive overall. It’s more than just her lack of social skills interfering, though. Soon, she’s experiencing demonic activity again. She’s having nightmares, she sees visions, and strangers on the streets whisper scary things to her, like, “He’s coming”, “We’ve missed you” and “Your mortgage is overdue”.

Eventually, as the signs get more and more intense, Nell is forced to seek help from a voodoo practitioner she met at the hospital. After a preliminary psychic reading reveals that Nell is indeed haunted by the demon Alacazam, the nurse calls upon some friends in order to perform a second last exorcism. This time? Voodoo style.

“The Follow Up Exorcism” is dumber than I can possibly make it sound. The lead actress? Bad. The script? Bad. The directing? Bad. There’s literally nothing here of any value except as the butt of jokes. Nothing is scary, there’s no tension, in fact, there aren’t even many contortionist scenes accompanied by bone popping sound effects, and that’s like, this franchise’s calling card I thought!

What passes for moments of “terror” here I found to be outright laughable. Part of it’s because the cast is so lightweight that a stiff breeze would blow them away. There isn’t a worthy performance in the bunch. Of course, they’re all fighting with one hand tied behind their back with material this putrid. There’s litte backstory given, there’s little character work done, there’s scant mythology built… hell, looking back on this movie, I’m having a hard time remembering how the hell they filled its 90 minute runtime! I guess she just walked around and got spooked a lot by visions and strangers and birds flying at her and stuff.

Oh. And flies. Which are super scary! “Someone make sure the fridge is shut!!”

At least there’s one good thing. The movie ends, after a battle with the demon Shyamalan, in the most comical way possible. I have to admit, I laughed and I think they wanted us to. It was a bit tongue in cheek/wink to the camera and there was just no way to take it seriously… not that I took any of the rest of it seriously. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, and it’s certainly not good enough to see JUST for that, but those who did go to see it will know what I mean.

Let’s hope this IS the “Last Exorcism”, and that we don’t get “The Last Exorcism: The Third Time’s a Charm”. Twice was more than enough.

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50 thoughts on “The Last Exorcism: Part II

  1. I’m so watching this. I loved/hated the first one and this will be even better, I mean worse. Seriously, they’re cracktacular but just plain fun to watch I think :D

    On a side note – wtf? This is already out? Way to advertise, people, Star Trek was putting out posters like a month ago and yours came out like 2 weeks before the premiere. I would have had no idea it was out if it wasn’t for this post!

    • Bringing the news to the people Livi… Part of my job! ;)

      Anyways, cracktacular is right, LOL, although I didn’t really enjoy this one until the very end. I would have loved to have had a good time laughing with it, I guess I’ll just have to settle for laughing AT it.

      On a side note, I haven’t seen the first one, but I read the Wikipedia plot summary. WTF!! That one sounded awesomely stupid! Wow!

      • Fog, I didn’t go see Last Exorcism 2 b/c it looked lame – but I thought the first one was really good. It was unpredictable. If you want to learn any more about the first one everything you need to know is in this entry I wrote where I analyze it from opening frame to closing frame. It’s head-and-shoulders above the sequel I am sure. The sequel was missing the central character Reverend Cotton Marcus, who many watchers of the original grew fond of; without him a sequel just feels very bland. If you’re going to waste your $ and time on the sequel, you might as well watch the first one. lol. But anyway, here is my entry if interested. http://garylee828.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/reinterpreting-the-misinterpreted-last-exorcism/

      • Gary, I appreciate the gesture. And I understand your heart’s in the right place. Unfortunately, I’m cracking down on people linking to their own reviews here. People abuse the privilege. I’ve seen far too many “Great Review! Check out mine! [Link]” (not that thats what this is) and I finally decided last month that I was going to crack down.

        No biggie, I understand the instinct, and appreciate the 411, but from here out, no linking, eh?

        Meanwhile, I’ve heard enough about the first to want to check it out… I just couldn’t do two in one day, LOL!

    • Livi, it’s been advertised on TV a lot the last month. Maybe you just don’t watch enough TV. :)

      • Gary – you’re right, I don’t watch TV (I get the episodes online lol) so yes I probably missed it. But I do expect it to pop up on IMDB at least 4-5 times, and it sure didn’t! Only a couple trailers, posters, that’s it…

        And Fogs – the first one is preeetty awesome. The whole thing is filmed by handheld cam, but that makes it even better. Fake preacher, crazy f-ed up family, THE ENDING I WON’T SPOIL IT BUT – yeah I won’t spoil it and I can’t talk about it without causing floods of asterisks so I’ll just stop. But you should see it ;)

  2. I hated the first one from start to finish – but that’s just me and we all have our own thoughts – and The Devil Inside didn’t bother me. In no way am I saying “TDI” was “good” I just think it wasn’t as bad as I’d heard. This looks miserable.

    • Oh good grief, wow. I thought “The Devil Inside” was horrible. I called it the worst film of the year last year! LOL

      If you didnt care for the first one, I’d steer clear of this, I’m sure it’s not much better!

  3. Man, you went on a crappy-movie-watching spree this weekend! At least you got all the worst ones out of the way! =P

    • I hope it’s over Nicole, yeah. “Oz” next weekend… And I doubt that will be a let down. Even if it doesn’t hit on all cylinders, I expect it’ll be at least a B, right? :D

      Ah, well, ups and downs, ups and downs.

      • I have very high hopes for Oz, even with Franco in the title role. I really hope it doesn’t let me down!

  4. Hated the first one. I’m on vacation in another week and since I get to see movies for free, I may check this out. (After all, I need something for my worst list).

      • Yeah, you know? Funny you mention it. What will the Razzies do without Adam Sandler and Twilight this year? It’s wide open!

        They’ll probably latch onto Movie 43 and all its big names. :)

  5. This is just like The Haunting in Connecticut: Georgia Ghosts or whatever. The title just doesn’t make sense. How can there be two of the last of something. Didn’t Highlander teach us anything…?

    Good review though, Fogs. I can’t say you persuaded me to stay away from this bad boy, as I had no intentions of seeing it. But thank you for backing up my pre notion of disgust.

    • LOL. “The Haunting in Connecticut: Ghosts of Georgia” is actually one of these thats out on vod the same time it’s in theatres… I may wind up reviewing it if I get stuck for content these next couple of weeks. :D

      Meanwhile, your instincts aren’t wrong. This did, indeed, suck. :o

  6. Dad and I were talking about this one the other day. His reaction: “Is is just me, or does that new Exorcism one look like a total piece of shit? How come they can’t make another good Exorcism show?”

    No, Dad… it’s not just you, and I don’t know. I just don’t know.

    • Its because they have the chance to make CHEAP Exorcism movies. They wont make GOOD Exorcism movies until that possibility goes away. In the meantime, as long as people check out these cheaply made crappy ones, they’ll continue… :(

      And tell him he was right, it was a total piece of shit. LOL

  7. While I only heard about the last film, part one, which had an ending that made no sense at all from all I read, when I heard about this film, it suddenly made sense. The reason the last one ended so weird is because it wasn’t an ending at all. I just keep telling myself this. I refuse to see either one.

    • They’re both silly. I read about the ending of the first movie, and yeah, it’s laughable. I imagine that audiences must have been like “What the hell was that?”

      The second ending wasn’t as batshit nuts, but it was certainly funny stuff. Lol

  8. There’s a battle against the director of the Sixth Sense? Sounds awesome! Except it doesn’t. This sounds like an absolute stinker. I’m pretty bored of exorcism movies now, they need to just go away or a while.

    • I was thinking that myself. There hasn’t been an honestly good one in years. So why dont we just let it go and try something else? Gotta be something original in the horror genre they can try!

  9. I’m going to say the same thing I said to you about The Collector – you need to see the first one!! LOL. I really really liked The Last Exorcism, and I have heard some good things about the sequel (not on here haha!!). Shame you didn’t like it, and maybe I’ll agree when I see it. Here is my link ……oh no you dont like that either!! Glad Im not the only one not keen on people leaving links! :)

    • I was fine with it for the longest time, and then it got out of control. Especially because of a small number of people who only seemed to stop by to announce they had done their reviews. Thats just rude.

      Anyways, I kind of WANT to see the first one now, but only out of morbid curiosity. :D

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