My wife and I love going to the movies and we spend a lot of time watching various genres in cinema. We live in a very rural area and sometimes it is difficult for us to see some the movies that come out that are not as mainstream as other box office hits. The closest movie theater is 20 miles away and they sometimes don’t get everything that is released to the rest of America. If we want to have a wider range of movies to pick from then we have to make the trip over into Missouri. It’s a round trip of about 80 miles, so when we do go we want to make sure its worth the drive and gas it takes to make it there and back. That being said, we should have kept our ass’s home and saved what little money we had left. What we really should have done is stuck with our guns about not paying money to go see PG-13 films in the theater. Which reminds me… the first movie I ever walked out on was The Exorcism of Emily Rose. What a coincidence!
The Last Exorcism is a movie about a man of faith that turns out not be as faithful as he leads on to be. A camera crew follows Rev. Cotton Marcus on his final attempt to perform one last exorcism and to prove once and for all that exorcism's performed over the years have been false and unnecessary. The movie is pretty much shot just like recent films such as Cloverfield, Rec, Zombie Diaries and Diary of the Dead. The movie moves at a slow pace building up character back story and the kinship between the possessed girls family and the rouge reverend. Nothing exciting other than the fact that Cotton pretty much leads on that Christians are dumb, narrow minded and easily persuaded with bible babble. Once the story starts rolling and the so called freaky shit starts to happen the movie is just about over. There was not one scene in the movie that sticks with me that I found shocking or memorable. Back in my day demon possession involved foul language and some type of bodily fluid. Are these elements required to make a great possession film? Not necessarily, but that would have been more shocking than anything this PG-13 monstrosity had in store for us. This movie was so clean that aside from Cotton’s gut punch to Christians I would have thought Kirk Cameron had something to do with the production of this film.
I am a little disappointed with Eli Roth’s involvement with this movie. I know he didn’t write or direct it, but come on, you would think he had some kind of input since he is fronting a few bucks. Cabin Fever was fun and Hostel was sexy. Why couldn’t he save this film? The Last Exorcism is far from being scary or terrifying by any means. We were surrounded by teenage girls in the theater and I don’t think I even heard a gasp out of any of them. That tells me this movie failed miserably to achieve what it set out to do, scare the hell out of you!