The Last Exorcism

2010

The Last Exorcism

Critics Consensus

It doesn't fully deliver on the chilly promise of its Blair Witch-style premise, but The Last Exorcism offers a surprising number of clever thrills.

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Disillusioned charlatan Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) comes face to face with pure evil after recruiting a documentary film crew to capture the final exorcism of his career. For years, Reverend Marcus has taken advantage of the faithful and desperate. Now it's time for him to finally come clean. Just as Reverend Marcus prepares to shoot the film that will set the record straight, he receives an urgent letter from a desperate farmer. The devil has taken possession of his beloved daughter Nell (Ashley Bell), and Reverend Marcus is their last hope for salvation. Up to this point it's been all fun and games; now things are about to get serious. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Patrick Fabian
as Rev. Cotton Marcus
Ashley Bell
as Nell Sweetzer
Iris Bahr
as Iris Reisen
Louis Herthum
as Louis Sweetzer
Caleb Landry Jones
as Caleb Sweetzer
Tony Bentley
as Pastor Manley
Shanna Forrestall
as Shanna Marcus
Justin Shafer
as Justin Marcus
Carol Sutton
as Shopkeeper
John Wilmot
as Spindly Man
Becky Fly
as Becky Davis
John Wright, Jr.
as John Marcus
Logan Craig Reed
as Logan Winters
Logan Craig Reid
as Logan Winters
Sofia Hujabre
as Cafe Manager
Adam Grimes
as Daniel Moskowitz
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Critic Reviews for The Last Exorcism

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (113) | Rotten (45)

  • Unfortunately, at about the half-way point, the brittle mood so carefully created by the single-camera coverage is broken by multi-camera editing and the overlaying of creepy music, just like in standard horror fare.

    Nov 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The only thing finally astonishing about The Last Exorcism is its goofiness.

    Sep 3, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Glenn Kenny

    MSN Movies
    Top Critic
  • A few good scenes, and a decent performance by Fabian, but standard hokum for the most part.

    Sep 3, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Stamm effectively crafts a dozen or so marvellously creepy moments. Audience faith in the existence of decent horror films is reaffirmed.

    Sep 2, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately comes across as a bizarre coupling of This is Spinal Tap and Rosemary's Baby.

    Sep 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • The latest entry in the pseudo-documentary horror film sweepstakes, The Last Exorcism has its terrifying moments and its silly ones.

    Sep 2, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Exorcism

  • Aug 01, 2013
    An outstanding found footage supernatural horror directed and edited by Daniel Stamm, a German independent filmmaker. It stars Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, and Louis Herthum, and they were perfectly cast. The story follows a disillusioned evangelical minister, who after years of performing exorcisms decides to participate in a documentary chronicling his last exorcism while exposing the fraud of his ministry. He is just an ordinary man struggling with ordinary problems and trying to support his family. After receiving a letter from a farmer asking for help in driving out the devil, he meets the farmer's afflicted daughter thinking that this will be just another job which will pay for his son's medical bills. But, that wasn't the case. I am not a fan of anyone using shaky camera, but here was really appropriate to give us suspense feeling of reality in 'found footage' style (Stamm has previously directed A Necessary Death, another 'found footage' film). The movie created some controversy in the UK: a poster image for the film showed a young girl, wearing a blood-spattered dress, bent over backwards below a crucifix, received 77 complaints, the complainants describing it as "offensive", "distressing", and "unsuitable for public viewing". Of course, for such low level of complaints, most of the advertising agencies would do nothing but in this case the Advertising Standards Agency decided that the image could not be used on a publicly visible poster since that was an untargeted medium but was acceptable on the back cover of Cineworld magazine! Unusual decision which just added some extra talk about the movie. The experience was thrilling, chilling and combined with the entertaining values of the movie, it was a refreshing addition to uninventive horror creations created daily. My choice for horror lovers.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2013
    A smart and well-crafted film, The Last Exorcism is an intense and exciting dramatic thriller. Filmed as a documentary, a former exorcist sets out to expose exorcism as a hoax but comes up against a case that puts him to the test. The storytelling's especially good, and does an exceptional job at developing the plot and at setting a realistic tone. The character development is also well-done, and helps to draw the audience into the film. The Last Exorcism avoids many of the tropes of the horror genre and presents a uniquely compelling vision that's full of intrigue.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2013
    Wrongly advertised as a full on horror movie, The Last Exorcism works more as a character driven drama with mixed results. The characters are well pulled and the humor is spot-on, working wonders to introduce the main characters. When the shit hits the fan, it just doesn't deliver like it could've, and the result is a very lackluster last segment that feels fake through and through, though it keeps some nice surprises towards the end.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] The found-footage genre has been abused so many times since The Blair Witch Project's surprise success, I think the only reason that it was used in The Last Exorcism was to bring in the money. But this is surprisingly not your typical run of the mill fare. There's this weird presumption nowadays that if a horror film is made to look like it was captured on a handheld camera that it will scare us more. The idea itself is preposterous and this film is proof. It manages to be creepy, thought provoking and eery without the full use of it's mockumentary style. However this is a criticism rather than a compliment, it failed to sew that illusion after the first 30 minutes. So the way it's been filmed is a failure. Other than that there are several problems. There is a lack of long and tense builds ups, a slow and overly self-explanatory beggining, and possibly one of the worst endings in recent memory. After having a good 50 minutes or so of incredibly convincing performances (particularly the promising Ashley Bell), a good number of well directed frights and some rough character development it throws absolutely everything out the window by wimping out with a brainless, unimaginative and very cliched cop out finale. To forgive it and then say the film is a solid horror piece would be absolutely pushing it. But this is the first genuinely creepy film with an Eli Roth production credit. I think his debut film Cabin Fever is acceptable, and I think the Hostel movies are lame and predictable. But backing off as producer he has teamed up with a director who knows what he's doing, up to a point. Despite it's lack of originality, it's horrible ending and it's genetic predictability, The Last Exorcism overall never fails to intrigue.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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