Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)(Minor Spoilers Review)

**This review contains MINOR spoilers, no character deaths, major reveals, or plot twists**

Following the events of The Last Exorcism, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is alone and frightened. After a psychiatric evaluation, Nell is sent to a home for troubled teenage girls. Frank Merle (Muse Watson) is the caretaker of the home, and Frank dismisses Nell’s demonic possession as trauma from a troubled past.

Nell tries to outrun her dark past, but the demon refuses to give up on his pursuit of Nell’s spirit. Abalam will stop at nothing to possess Nell’s body, but a tempting offer forces Nell to make a decision that will change her life forever……..

 Ashley Bell takes the honor for best performance again in the sequel. Although, Nell’s character is too one-dimensional this time around. In the first film, Bell was able to bounce back and forth between the innocent, pure teen, and this raging psychopath. In the sequel, Bell doesn’t have the freedom to show her talents, because for the VAST majority of this film, Nell is stuck in one gear as this frightened and panicky mess of a person.

The Last Exorcism featured some nice twists, turns, and thrills towards the end. The sequel? Not a chance. I had trouble keeping my eyes open throughout the movie, because Part II is so painfully boring. We KNOW Abalam is back, and we know he’s real, so the constant “Is Abalam back? Is he real?” teasing didn’t make any sense at all.  If you didn’t watch The Last Exorcism, the teasing MIGHT fool you, but I’m one of the people, who took the time to watch The Last Exorcism, and yeah, I know Abalam is real. So yeah, if you're looking progress in this story, you should look somewhere else.

Part II Completely drops the found-footage style, so there’s no sense of realism. On top of that, Part II uses this schizophrenic technique of randomly inserting archived footage from the first film for flashbacks. And to make things worse, Part II shackles Bell into a one-dimensional role with a “I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON!” character, so Bell doesn’t have a chance to show off her true talents. Plus, Louis Herthum (Nell’s dad) is the only returning cast member from the first film with a physical appearance here. The other cast members from the first film only appear in the archived footage used for flashbacks.

The Last Exorcism Part II is an excruciatingly boring sequel that’s void of any tension, suspense, or thrills. The tacky and cheap CGI is hard to ignore, the story is stuck in standstill mode, and you’ll see one too many unintentionally funny moments here. Believe me, I’m 100% serious, when I say this, I’m shocked Part II received a theatrical run, because a straight-to-video release would’ve been more appropriate for this one. Congratulations Part II. Now you’re free to join the crowded group of unnecessary and poor quality horror sequels!

Rating: 1/10

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