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The Last Exorcism Part II

by Kevin Taft
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Saturday Jun 22, 2013
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Despite being a relative flop at the box-office, "The Last Exorcism Part II" is a fairly effective follow-up to the first installment. While the first film was a "found footage" film, this plays it straight by cleverly using the original film as a sort of "viral video."

The video is discovered online while our victim Nell (Ashley Bell) tries to piece her life back together after the tragic events of the first film left her with amnesia. After having shown up feral at a stranger’s house, Nell is sent to an institution and eventually a women’s halfway house. There she plans on getting her life together by trying to forget the stuff she does, in fact, remember about her possession. But the demon Ababel is not done with her and she begins to be haunted again.

The film isn’t overly scary, with some standard jump-scares (that work) and some spooky visuals. What it does set up is an unnerving atmosphere that still manages to creep you out even when the story flounders. Ashley Bell is the real gift to this franchise as she is a skilled actress who gives Nell a true depth and struggle. Even when you’re not being scared, she fascinates with her craft. Blu-ray extras are slim, with fairly interesting commentary by director Ed Gass-Donnelly and producer Eli Roth. The three featurettes are very short and don’t really go into any depth on anything, although the "Hair Salon Scare" (where a girl in possession makeup who can contort her body is hidden in a salon two-way mirror) is mildly amusing.

"The Last Exorcism Part II"
Blu-ray/Digital Copy
$35.99
www.sonypictures.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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