The Last Exorcism Part II (15)
Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Starring: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner & Spencer Treat Clark
Running time: 88 min
As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.
Nell (Bell) has returned from the events of her previous nightmare and resides in a home for disturbed and troubled young women in New Orleans. With no memory of the experiences that were recorded, she tries to rebuild her life.
She enjoys her job as a hotel maid, going out with her new friends and has even found love in the form of Chris. However, it isn’t long before the demons of her past creep back into life….
Directly continuing on from the previous film, we see Nell slowly start to rebuild her life. Unlike the first film, which was shot as found footage, the sequel is shot on regular film. Whereas the viewer was voyeuristically watching the events of the first film, in this they are neither participant nor witness.
The film follows the same format and styles of its predecessor in that there is virtually no foul language, no blood or gore and all of the jumps in this movie are by the cheap scare route i.e. dog barking, door slamming shut etc.
The script is very weak and doesn’t really expand on what happened in the previous film and gives no insight into Nell’s character (or anyone else’s for that matter), save the last 20 minutes or so.
The cast are pretty much secondary to Nell, as it is only her and her dreams that the audience are really interested in. With no real character arc of any kind and no awe inspiring sequences, The Last Exorcism Part II is sadly a rather dull follow up to a mildly entertaining teen horror flick.
The producers and studios have clearly gone for a young teen market and avoided anything that would make the censors nervous and give the film a higher rating. This sadly means that The Last Exorcism Part II isn’t really a horror flick, but a poor thriller.
Young teens will love it, especially when viewing this Halloween!
2 out of 5