"Is that regular water?"Contemporary movies about exorcisms always seem to try to recreate the brilliance of 1973's The Exorcist but few, if any, come close. Most recently there was The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005 and the upcoming The Rite. Last year there was The Last Exorcism. Instantly deemed as a new cult film for the modern horror freaks, the hype of The Last Exorcism was scarier than the actual movie.
Borrowing lots of its premise from The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Last Exorcism didn't, however, borrow its cleverness from it. An evangelical minister agrees to have his last exorcism taped as part of a documentary, and he's met with his most terrifying exorcism to date. Nell (Ashley Bell), a small town girl homeschooled by her dad, is plagued with irrational outbursts and devilish actions but then returns to her normal composure with no recollection of her deviant ways. Pastor Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) is there to the rescue to try to exorcise the demon from her. But of course the beast is far stronger than him.
It all makes for interesting, and even terrifying, viewing at times. But it's not very smart and far too predictable. The small town and little known actors does give it a more indie and less glamorous feel, but the story fails to compel like its predecessors.