MOVIE REVIEW: THE LAST EXORCISM PART II (2013)

Running time: 1 hour, 27 minutes
Cast:  Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly

2010’s The Last Exorcism was awesome. This 2013 followup isn’t. Not even close.

This movie is the PERFECT example why sometimes a movie just doesn’t need a sequel. Hollywood loves sequels. And trilogies. And splitting the third movie in a trilogy into a Part 1 and Part 2. But sometimes it just isn’t necessary.

Please admire this poster, which is the best thing about the movie.

The Last Exorcism Part II poster

 

The first few minutes of the movie are pretty good. Nell Sweetzer is still possessed and she briefly torments a couple in their home. Later she is placed in a girl’s home and it seems she has no memory of the events that took place in the first movie. From this point on, the movie bored me to tears.

There were too many scenes of Nell bonding with the other girls in the home, and we also saw her take on a housekeeping job in a motel. There were a few moments when the demon made contact with her, but those moments were so brief and so un-eventful that I impatiently began to wait for something, anything, to happen!

Something else that bugged me where the characters who got alot of screen time even though they added nothing to the story. Nell meets a young man at the hotel who seems interested in her, and she has a few scenes with him that added nothing to understanding more about her or him. The first half of the movie is spent watching Nell and her friends at the girls home, but then those girls are quickly forgotten.

What really irritated me is that the last 20 minutes are finally devoted to the demon returning for Nell. We all knew this was coming, so I don’t understand why we had to watch an hour of nonsense just to get here. There are some deaths here, but those all occur off-screen so we don’t get the pleasure of seeing a gory, horror movie death.

The first movie had something going for it. It ended with the satanic ritual and Cotton Marcus rushing to the fire. It ended on such a high note that I was sure the sequel would pick up from there. Instead we got a drab movie about the day-to-day happenings in Nell’s life, and then to say ‘thank you’ for making the audience sit through that, the writers decided to throw in a few ‘here comes the demon’ scenes during the last few minutes.

If there’s going to be a part three, I’ll pass!

 

Did you see The Last Exorcism Part II? Did you despise it as much as I did? Let me know!

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