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Movie review: 'The Last Exorcism'

"The Last Exorcism" stirs up a caldron of handheld-camera performance, faith-challenged drama and solid acting on behalf of a suitably nervous tale of demonic possession. It won't displace " The Exorcist," but it stands up nicely to DIY-tinged quake stalwarts "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity."


Director Daniel Stamm's faux documentary begins as a "Marjoe"-like portrayal of Cotton Marcus ( Patrick Fabian), a charming huckster preacher who intends to event a film crew how the fake-exorcism company mechanism by taking the rationale of a beside yourself, hyper-religious Louisiana farmer (Louis Herthum) who believes the devil has taken carry of his teenage daughter (Ashley Bell).




Naturally, a a small amount of weird incidents end to a post not so without problems explainable, but pardon? Roots this chiller away from a creepily in effect farmhouse locale and excellently claustrophobic camerawork are two oft-ignored keys to pleasant horror: Joking and performance. Early laughs from Fabian's lapsed-believer scorn are like edgy ice-breakers on behalf of the moment half's grim outing of procedures, as soon as Bell takes above with an eerie physicality so as to elicits a strong mixture of worry and sympathy.


Since with many well-intentioned scare flicks, the wrapping-up feels debauched and obvious, but on behalf of a pleasant while "The Last Exorcism" makes on behalf of an atmospheric, character-rich stab by the side of film fright.


"The Last Exorcism." MPAA rating: PG-13. Running moment: 1 hour, 28 minutes. Fashionable wide-ranging free.


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