Remember The Last Exorcism? Well, it turns out it was also one of a very profitable variety, raking in over $70 million on a budget less than $2 million, so here we are few years later and as expected, it certainly wasn’t the last. With Eli Roth still on board as producer for this sequel, titled The Last Exorcism Part II, director Daniel Stamm is replaced by Ed Gass-Donnelly (who gave us the solid indie crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs) and the first trailer has landed tonight.
Attached to Texas Chainsaw 3D this past week, sadly this look runs through just about every trick in the book, as seen in any number of exorcism-based horror films in the recent years. Starting with our confused lead (Ashley Bell) getting interviewed, we have the recycled usage of a young girl singing in the background, and then other various jump scares to ratchet up the tension. Perhaps fans of the first film will dig this one, but the top area of interest for me comes with Julia Garner, the talented actress who was briefly seen in Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Hopefully she’s given more to do here, but for now, one can see the trailer below.
In the continuing story, Nell Sweetzer is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. When she returns to the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell finds that she can’t remember large portions of the previous months, but she does know that she is the last surviving member of her family. As Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her comes back with terrible new plans for her, meaning that her last exorcism was just the beginning.
The Last Exorcism Part II opens on March 1st.
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