Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Last Exorcism - DVD Review

ll 1/2

Starring Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr and Louis Herthem.
Directed by Daniel Stamm.

The faux-documentary style is in danger of being overdone in the horror genre. With Blair Witch, Cloverfield, Quarantine and the Paranormal Activity movies, what else is there? Well, there's the exorcism movie!

This one isn't as well-covered as most as far as feeling like a found-footage experience, but it does lend itself to some decent thrills. It centers on Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian), a preacher who realized in private he doesn't really believe in God, but he continues to the preach the word and do "exorcisms" because the money's good and he figures his exorcisms are safer than of the con-men of others. But then he meets a girl who may be in need of a real one.

I really enjoyed the build of this, but then the ending, which I knew was coming but hoping it wasn't, fizzles as a climax.

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