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Movie: The Last Exorcism (2010)

Believe In Him.

The Last Exorcism (2010) is a low-budget mockumentary horror movie.

Synopsis: Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) is a Christian preacher who has been performing exorcisms on "possessed" individuals since young.

However, after reading about an autistic child who died during an exorcism, he gives up the practice of exorcism, even to the point of attributing physical healing to science, and not to faith in Jesus Christ.


He agrees to take part in the making of a documentary to expose the practice of exorcism as a fraud. Working with the crew, Iris (Iris Bahr) and cameraman Dave (Adam Grimes),
they visit Louis Sweetzer (Louis Herthum), a farmer who claims that his daughter, Nell (Ashley Bell) is possessed and seeks the reverend's help to perform exorcism.

There are quite a number of pretty good mockumentary movies shot with "shaky" cameras, i.e. The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, REC, District 9, and The Fourth Kind. So, if you're okay with watching jerky and slightly blurry scenes, you'll find this movie interesting to watch.

Now, about the storyline. This is not your usual exorcism movie, if you are thinking about Exorcist. The focus of The Last Exorcism is neither the demon that terrorizes the afflicted person nor hyped-up horror. It's a documentary-style movie that makes you think you're watching real daily life events. So, don't expect overwhelmingly scary scenes that capitalizes on sound or CGI effects because there are none. However, this movie does have a few unexpected scary moments that are good enough to maintain the disturbing aura towards the end of the movie.

Ashley Bell gives an impressive performance as the demon-possessed girl, Nell. Her facial expressions range from sweet and innocent in some scenes to blank and hostile in other scenes. Her ability to contort her body without the need of special effects is beyond words.
Here's an article: Can Ashley Bell snag an Oscar nomination for 'The Last Exorcism?'

Overall, if you appreciate mockumentary horror movies, you should watch this movie.

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