‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ Trailer Reveals Story & Format of the Sequel

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 15th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

We’re going to take the high road, skip all the obvious “how could it be ‘The Last’?” jokes and just accept the fact that The Last Exorcism Part II is on the way, while simultaneously holding out hope that Part II explains that baffling ending to The Last Exorcism.

The trailer above lays out a pretty generic picture, in terms of horror movie narrative – but considering the nature of this unexpected sequel, there’s still plenty to discuss.

First off, gone is the found-footage mockumentary style of the first film, which followed a documentary crew chronicling the (heh) final exorcism performed by charlatan preacher Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian). Matter of fact: gone are the documentary crew and Cotton Marcus, who [SPOILER ALERT] all seemingly met untimely ends at the end of the first film. What we get now is something of a fresh start, shot in the format of a traditional horror flick, with a narrative now centering on young Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), the possessed (or mentally ill?) girl from the first film last seen giving birth to a hellspawn baby while under the thrall of a cult comprised of her own brother and fellow townspeople.

Nell’s “amnesia” awakening in Part II preserves the mystery of Part I‘s ambiguous ending – though this trailer doesn’t make it clear whether or not that expansion on the demonic mythos of “Abalam” will be worth the ticket price – or, as stated, just a rehash of similar exorcism/demon flicks. Worse yet: the footage in the trailer still walks enough of a line to drag out the “is she crazy or possessed” debate for yet another installment – a la Paranormal Activity 4‘s evidence that concrete answers are not in the studios’ business model when it comes to cranking out cheap horror flicks.

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“Franchise” star Ashley Bell is certainly being handed a larger task than simply looking feral and contorting her body in sickening ways; though it remains to be seen whether the expansion of Nell’s story was a worthwhile investment. Directing and co-writing the second installment is Ed Gass-Donnelly – a somewhat rookie feature-film director who caught attention with his festival picture, Small Town Murder Songs, a few years back. While it also remains to be seen if  Gass-Donnelly can rise to this task, so far the visual quality of the film doesn’t look that bad at all – a definite improvement over Part I‘s shaky-cam failures.

Still, there are so many “ifs” hanging over this project that it’s hard to get too enthused – especially in a year when horror films like the Evil Dead remake are turning heads with more impressive trailers than this.

The Last Exorcism Part II will be in theaters on March 1, 2013.

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  1. The picture on the poster is laughable. In this age of extreme special effects meant to both astonish and wow, they have someone simply bending over backwards, and not very far at that. Oooo, frightening.

    • The body bending back actually is supposed to be like the number 2 lol

    • The Second To Last Exorcism.

  2. I think the comedy which made The Last Exorcism better than most exorcist films is non existant here. Who knows, but I don’t have much expectations.

  3. -_____-

  4. I think the mockumentary style made the 1st film great. Take that away, you have another generic horror flick. And that’s exactly what this looks like.

  5. The last exorcism is truly one best exorcism movies of all time and the last exorcism part 2 wiil fun ,scarier movies.

    • Exactly!

      • i think this movie is going to be the s***

  6. The Last Exorcism…….part 2……ok

    • Notice that as well.

      Strange.

    • Exactly. And that’s all you need to know about that project.

      • Not really, Evil Dead 2 was “the sequel to the ultimate experience in grueling horror” and that was an informative and entertaining film chock full of holiday warmth and well wishes.

  7. Not gonna see this. It’s now no different than every other horror film, and the connection I personally had with the first film was from the priest. He’s gone and so is my interest.

  8. Ok fun fact: the curly haired girl thats like “what are you from a cult in the woods?” is the girl Martha leaves behind at the beginning of Martha Marcy May Marlene….so yeah..And this looks cool.

  9. I might be missing something but it seems the only people who could have put that exorcism footage from the first movie on Youtube are the satanists who hacked everybody to pieces. For that matter, they should have destroyed all the incriminating film before it was mock-found, so we shouldn’t even be here.
    Anyway I agree that the priest was the best part of TLE. The girl was a likable cipher but if they try to stretch this out into The Nell Chronicles where she becomes a supernatural Alice from ‘Resident Evil’ then forget it. I guess I have enough interest left for another chapter at this point. There’s always time for cheesy horror movies.

  10. I really loved the first half of the first movie. I t had a great setup and a great main character but towards the end I thought it was a bit short on good scares. Thought it could have been better. The ending was just goofy.

  11. I laughed when the face came through the wall. All I could think of was Wiley E. Coyote on the other side running into the wall.

  12. looks terrible

  13. Really? The title is laughable….

    http://seanshumbleopinion.com/2013/02/22/the-last-exorcism-part-2/

  14. I believe it is a good movie to watch!!

  15. Great review. I really loved The Last Exorcism and was so excited for the sequel. But I got to say I left the theater feeling disappointed. I think this movie brushed off the great elements of its predecessor and left us with a simply average horror movie. And I don’t know if the world needs another possession movie.

    If you get the chance, check out my full review on my blog. I review Horror Movies and could always use more feedback.

    http://horrormoviemedication.blogspot.com/2013/03/click-here-for-spoiler-free-review-plot.html#Last

  16. The first exorcist in the 70′s with Linda Blair was the best horror flick ever.

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