Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Last Exorcism (film review)

“The Last Exorcism” is actually a good movie! Sure, it’s got the usual horror movie elements that make you go “Hmmm… haven’t we seen this already?” But its strength lies in the way the story is developed and the performances from the lead actors don’t disappoint either. Patrick Fabian plays a reverend who performs exorcisms for a living but as it turns out, his faith in God is slowly diminishing. So he lets a film crew follow him through one of his exorcism performances merely to show it’s nothing but a fraud. He goes to see this girl named “Nell” (new comer Ashley Bell delivers a stunning performance!) who is believed to have been processed by the demon named “Abalam”. So the reverend performs a fake exorcism but things start to go out of control soon afterwards. Many of the horror movies nowadays have taken this documentary style story-telling using shaky cameras and sometimes the found-footage approach (as seen in “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activities”) as it obviously feels more real and thrilling. Plus, I believe it saves a lot of production cost. Unlike most of the films in this genre, “The Last Exorcism” has a solid story line which makes it believable and creepy for the right reasons. It keeps you glued to your seat and takes you on a somewhat smooth ride till you get to the last bumpy bit: A shocking ending! I’m a huge horror movie fan. I’ve followed this genre for many years since childhood and I get skeptical whenever there’s a new horror movie but this one is kind of remarkable if not ground-breaking like "The Exorcist".

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