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Just go ahead and try getting through this horror flick without hitting the fast-forward button....
Sony / 89 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: June 18, 2013
Oh, man – it’s bad. It should come as little surprise that The Last Exorcism Part II isn’t exactly a horror mainstay, but even those who might be able to waive the movie’s many sins simple because of genre affection will have trouble defending this limp sequel as being anything more than another round of cheap, humdrum scares. It’s an honor when your first film merits a follow-up, I suppose, but this one is a shell of a thing at best.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: Nell (Ashley Bell) gets a reprieve from the crazy hospital where we saw her during the first Last Exorcism film, and she tries to set up a new life for herself at a dormitory of sorts for wayward girls in New Orleans. And you’ll never believe it – the devils she thought she was through with have actually not given up the ghost, so she finds herself wrestling with baddies all over again.
In short, this should be better than it is. Producer Eli Roth isn’t exactly Cecil B. DeMille, but he knows how to cobble together a schlocky grindhouse picture, so the fact that The Last Exorcism Part II is so woefully underdeveloped doesn’t make any sense. The movie’s script is so patently anemic and devoid of anything even remotely resembling fun horror thrill that it quickly becomes unbearable to sit through.
So, shocker: The Last Exorcism Part II is a turkey. The first film in the franchise wasn’t exactly Citizen Kane, but compared to this follow-up, it certainly feels bigger-than-life. Horror fans who would cross an ocean simply in the name of genre devotion will maybe get a rental’s worth out of groaning through this picture’s lame-o clichés, but anyone expecting an honest-to-goodness cinematic experience out of The Last Exorcism Part II will be sorely disappointed.