Debut Trailer for ‘Last Exorcism’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:35 am,

the last exorcism Debut Trailer for Last Exorcism

Films about innocent country girls, possessed by demonic forces, aren’t exactly a rarity in Hollywood and judging by the new trailer for director Daniel Stamm’s upcoming horror The Last Exorcism, the devil-girl genre isn’t going anywhere.

Director Eli Roth (Hostel) is producing the film with Lionsgate handling distribution.

The trailer does a decent job of introducing us to the Last Exorcism plot  - though, the film follows a pretty traditional possession story format:

“When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcised before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus’ own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late.”

Check out the debut trailer for The Last Exorcism:




The plot may be familiar, i.e. priest visits small-town family with demonic daughter troubles, but the presentation definitely doesn’t disappoint with a lot of disturbing imagery that, at least from the trailer, doesn’t seem to go over-the-top. Judging by what we can see here, the film appears to follow closely to the tone of the movie that inspired the genre – William Friedkin’s The Exorcist.

 Debut Trailer for Last Exorcism

That said, at this point, the documentary “style” of the film could make or break The Last Exorcism. The format definitely has advantages – preying on the audience’s nerves with chaotic and jostled camera work. But the frantic style could also detract from the creepy tone that made earlier exorcism endeavors so engaging.

Not to mention the fact, and I realize we’re all suspending disbelief here, but when portions of a horror film are presented documentary style – it’s especially hard to understand, outside of the needs of the actual film, why anyone would keep rolling. Even during last summer’s hit Paranormal Activity, there were numerous awkward explanations for why Micah kept picking up the camera.

What do you think of another exorcism film? Do you think the documentary camera style will be a good or bad addition?

The Last Exorcism opens August 27, 2010.

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  1. It’s as if [REC] met Exorcism of Emily Rose. Sadly as much as I wanted to be sold by the teaser, I wasn’t.

    • Agreed.

      What with the “LAST EXORCISM” title and the “Paranormal Activity” shaky camera this thing has more hooks than a desperate fisherman.

  2. guys, there’s nothing new here, same old stuff. Although I must say, do you often wonder what eerie unseen forces await down those long winding dirt roads, in those stoic old barns, especially when the full moon unveils the faint shadows of scurrying critters, and the unrelenting sound of crickets echo inside your head, all the while, chilling winds blow and shake the odd misshapen bushes to life like little dark horrors crawling, reaching upwards toward the glow of your passing car from the roadside gutter.

  3. I was incredibly eager to see this film and as much as I thought I would have been sold by this movie, this was not so. I found it very BLAH at the end, this could have been because maybe I was not mentally following the film correctly, I did not quite understand some of the scenes, for example; when they were in the barn and she asked the priest if he wanted a “blowing job” and he called her out on not being a real demon because a real demon would know what a “blow job” is or something.. why did she freak out when he said that… also at the end when the son killed the camera people, was it because he was apart of the cult that was performing their own type of exorcism on Nell? There are many questions that arise while watching this film, and the shakeyness… of the camera does not help at all. that was TERRIBLE. Overall, quite disappointed in the movie, Maybe I just had way too high of expectations for it.