The Last Exorcism (2010) Movie Review

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The Last Exorcism (2010)

2010 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama
87 minutes / 1h 27min

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The Last Exorcism Plot Synopsis:

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the evangelical Reverend Cotton Marcus was raised by his father to be a preacher. He agrees that the filmmaker Iris Reisen and the cameraman Daniel Moskowitz make a documentary about his life. Cotton tells that when his wife Shanna Marcus had troubles in the delivery of their son Justin, he prioritized the doctor help to God and since then he questions his faith. Further, he tells that exorcisms are frauds but the results are good for the believers because they believe it is true. When Cotton is summoned by the farmer Louis Sweetzer to perform an exorcism in his daughter Nell, Cotton sees the chance to prove to the documentary crew what he has just told. They head to Ivanwood and they have a hostile reception from Louis's son Caleb. Cotton performs the exorcism in Nell, exposing his tricks to the camera, but sooner they learn that the dysfunctional Sweetzer family has serious problems.

The Last Exorcism (2010) Review

The Last Exorcism (2010) is directed by Daniel Stamm (13 Sins (2014)) as a shaky cam POV style demon possession movie. Not a horror film that won over the majority of movie fans but did show a different style of filmmaking. This film had an estimated budget of $1.8 million but grossed about $40.99 million at the box office making it successful in that regard.

The Last Exorcism is about an evangelical minister taking his final exorcism while recorded. The minister Cotton Marcus played by Patrick Fabian (General Hospital (1963), Better Call Saul (2015-2016)) quickly discovers that he may have bitten off way too much with the demon possession of Nell Sweetzer played by Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism Part II (2013), Carnage Park (2016), The Day (2011)).

Watching this film at the time, it came out was a great and different change from a lot of the played out methods. Adding the POV style aspect may have hurt it in some ways but also made it stand out a bit. Having Ashley Bell able to contort her body naturally helped to draw the viewers attention either in a small way or in a gross way, still memorable. Expand the movies you have watched and give The Last Exorcism a try if you have not done so already.

  • The Last Exorcism Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.24
  • IMDB: 5.6
  • MetaCritic: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2

About The Last Exorcism 2010

Title: The Last Exorcism
Year: 2010
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.12/5 stars from 45,093 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 45,093 MPAA Rating: R
The Last Exorcism Cast Starring: Elton LeBlanc, Cynthia LeBlanc, Geraldine Glenn, Caleb Landry Jones, Carol Sutton, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Tony Bentley, Iris Bahr, Patrick Fabian, Adam Grimes, Shanna Forrestall, John Wilmot, Logan Craig Reid, Sofia Hujabre, Cy Fahrenholtz, John Wright Jr., Justin Shafer, Victoria Patenaude, Becky Fly, Denise Lee
The Last Exorcism Writers: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland
The Last Exorcism Director: Daniel Stamm
Box Office: $40,990,055
Production: Lionsgate
Language: English
Country: France, USA