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The Last Exorcism

horror


When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine exorcism on a disturbed religious fanatic.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    72%
  • Audience Score
    34%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Tense "documentary" has some blood, lots of scares.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Last Exorcism is a fictional horror movie shot in documentary style, much like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. It's not as relentlessly scary as those R-rated films -- there's a long setup before anything horrific happens -- but once it does get going, it can be very violent and highly disturbing. Though there's some blood and plenty of "jump" scenes, most of the horror is suggested rather than shown, but that actually makes it all the more vivid to the viewer's imagination. There's discussion of a character with a drinking problem, as well as talk of potential rape and incest.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. How much was actually shown? Was it more or less scary not being able to see everything?
  • Does the "documentary" format make the film more or less scary?
  • Is Cotton Marcus a good person, or is he a bad person who's deceiving people? What does he learn over the course of the film?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    72%
    reviews counted: 22
    see all The Last Exorcism reviews
  • Audience

    34%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The pseudo-documentary premise is paper-thin at the outset and wears out long before Botko and Gurland's script lurches toward the dumbest and least plausible solution to the mystery.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Friday, August 27, 2010

Fresh: It's difficult to find an ending for horror movies. Often the getting there is the fun. That's especially true here.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rotten: It's hard to be frightened by something when you're too busy laughing at it.

- Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium, Monday, July 26, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"Believe In Him." A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. REVIEW Fairly creepy supernatural suspense 'mockumentary' in the same vein as "The Blair Witch Project" with echoes of "The Wicker Man" in this indie produced by horror maven Eli Roth about a charlatan man of the cloth (Fabian affectively amiable and pitiable) who faces an ultimate challenge in the form of young Bell (very good in her on-the-dime changes in behavior/moods), a backwoods farm girl who may in fact be harboring a demon (or two) ...or is she? Rookie filmmaker Daniel Stamm employs the serviceable but rather predictable screenplay by Huck Botko & Andrew Kurland and milk it for all its worth with every genre trick in the book (spooky mood music; shadows; sudden jerks of the camera etc.) that offers a big set up with a somewhat unsatisfactory final reel (but it's a doozy). Fine for a Halloween rental for those who like 'reality' based terrors.

- mrpopcorn, Saturday, October 30, 2010

3 stars

Starts out with moments on intrigue throughout its slow buildup (which, by the way, is nothing like the marketing) and then manages to deliver some real chills and blends naturalistic performances into the mix as well to help. Unfortunately it is let down by a rather piss poor ending that really kills the ambiguity of what came before it. Ultimately a letdown, but at least I'll be looking out for what Daniel Stamm will do next.

- SilentWarProductions2009, Monday, September 20, 2010

2 stars

in the first 5 minutes of this, the phony preacher character brags that once he had his audience hooked that he could talk about anything in the middle of a sermon, anything at all, even the recipe for banana bread, and they would take it, love it. unfortunately the makers of this schlock really believed this and prove it by perpetrating such on their audience. good luck. one part exorcist (doh!), one part blair witch, one final part ... but that would give the whole jinx away ... and you've got this malarkey down. and irritation too. save yourself.

- moonrivers, Friday, September 10, 2010