As today is Friday 13th, it’s only fitting that I bring you up to date with some spooky news, this time from Louisiana…
The Last Exorcism is a documentary style horror – in the vein of Paranormal Activity – brought to the big screen by horror maestro Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds / Hostel). It tells the story of a desperate family in turmoil.
Louis Sweetzer is a rural farm owner who has become concerned about the wellbeing of his teenage daughter Nell. In fact, Sweetzer is convinced she is possessed by a demon! As these things go in rural southern stated, Sweetzer is fundamentally religious so, of course, places all hope and belief in an exorcism ritual. All he needs is a helpful Reverend… cue Rev. Cotton Marcus. After a lifetime of helping believers through prayer, Rev. Cotton Marcus is nearing the end of his career, tiring of fraudulent exorcisms – after performing over 50 you would be! At the behest of Sweetzer, he decides to take up the challenge one last time, and invites a documentary film crew to capture him in his fraudulent glory. However, the good Reverend is in for a horrific surprise during his supernatural swan song; he soon finds himself confronted not only by the desperate pleas of Papa Sweetzer, but with evil itself, testing his faith, and forcing the viewer to consider: do you believe in him?