The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)
Running Time: 88 minutes
Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Starring: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen
The Last Exorcism Part II as the title suggests, is a sequel to a film released 3 years ago. In this installment, it follows Nell Sweetzer (Bell), from the previous film, where she is sent to a home to recover. She tries to lead a normal life as she works as a chambermaid at a hotel, and the girls from the home accept her into their group. She finds herself no longer having nightmares, and developing a crush on another hotel worker, Chris (Clark). However, the past is not done with Nell as the evil force that once possessed her returns.
Well this installment took a different direction and style from the previous one as it abandoned the handheld camera scenes and followed Nell from the previous ending. Flashes from the first film made it into this one as a reminder to both Nell and the audiences of what happened previously. Most of the film focused on Nell’s attempt to lead a normal life, and rid herself from her past and the evil forces that once surrounded her. Hence, most of the scare in this film was centered on sudden sounds, and jumps instead of exorcism or possession scenes. Only towards the third quarter of the film did the possession begins followed by a brief scene of an exorcism. I have to admit I was disappointed by this choice of storyline, and well, frankly the movie lost me halfway. I was surprised when I first learned about this movie, because I thought the end of the first one was pretty decent.
Anyways, my thoughts on it is that they should have left the ending of the first film, and not make the decision on making a second one, as sequels to exorcism movies have never really been a hit. This more or less applies to the 1970s ‘The Exorcist’ as well. So, unless you’re really in need of an exorcism flick, or just bored and out of a film to watch, you could give this one a try, or else I would recommend you to forget it and move on to another film.
Rating: 3 out of 10