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The Last Exorcism (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 27 August 2010 (USA)
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A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

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Daniel Stamm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Fabian ... Cotton Marcus
Ashley Bell ... Nell Sweetzer
Iris Bahr ... Iris Reisen
Louis Herthum ... Louis Sweetzer
Caleb Landry Jones ... Caleb Sweetzer
Tony Bentley ... Pastor Manley
John Wright Jr. John Wright Jr. ... John Marcus
Shanna Forrestall ... Shanna Marcus
Justin Shafer Justin Shafer ... Justin Marcus
Carol Sutton ... Shopkeeper
Victoria Patenaude ... Motorist
John Wilmot ... Spindly Man
Becky Fly ... Becky Davis
Denise Lee ... Nurse
Logan Craig Reid Logan Craig Reid ... Logan Winters
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Storyline

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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Believe In Him. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material | See all certifications »

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France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Cotton See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,366,613, 29 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,034,350, 26 September 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,738,090, 26 September 2013
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ashley Bell did all the bends and contortions of her body on her own. No special effects were used because she has hypermobility (an exaggerated increase mobility or loose joints more flexible than ordinary), a very common problem which affect more than 15% of the world population, without it involves a pathology. See more »

Goofs

At 9:51, there is a shot of a newspaper article about the death of an autistic boy. The article is in three columns. Half way down the third column, the article repeats, starting from the beginning again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shanna Marcus: Cotton!
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Black Paws, Snow Deep
Written and Performed by Caleb Landry Jones (as Caleb Jones)
Courtesy of Caleb Jones
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Works Pretty Well Up to the End
22 February 2011 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

This horror film is surprisingly tame for something with Eli Roth's name attached to it (he produced it), but these days that's a compliment. Eschewing the grisly emphasis on bodily dismemberment that has pretty much come to define the new breed of creatively constipated horror directors, "The Last Exorcism" opts instead for some clever storytelling and a building sense of creepy dread. It mostly succeeds, except for a lame ending, and because of that I had almost the exact same experience watching this as I did "Paranormal Activity" last year.

All told, I think "The Last Exorcism" is the better movie. Full of actors I'd never seen before giving very good performances, it's a fake documentary about an evangelical minister who brings a camera crew with him to film an exorcism, in the hopes of exposing the business as one big fraud. What to do, then, when this man who rolls his eyes at the thought of demonic possession begins to suspect that he might be facing the real thing?

Much of the movie leaves the question as to the girl's actual possession ambiguous -- are her demons of the supernatural variety or are they the product of a severely dysfunctional home? Since I think problems of the mind are always scarier than the oogie boogies we can see and touch (after all, mental problems are much more real and much harder to deal with), the movie is most frightening in its middle sections, before secrets are revealed and plot points click into place. The ending, a mish-mash of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Blair Witch Project," feels like what it is: a hard sell ending to a horror movie that would have been better to end with a shiver and a shudder rather than a shriek and a howl.

Grade: B


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