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Review: 'The Last Exorcism'

By Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Last Exorcism" gives you good reason to be very afraid of the dark.
"The Last Exorcism" gives you good reason to be very afraid of the dark.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "The Last Exorcism" delivers the heebie-jeebie goods
  • It's done in mock documentary style -- the film purports to be found footage
  • Stamm and Roth can be trusted to exceed the PG-13 limits
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(Rolling Stone) -- For a movie made from spare parts -- take "The Exorcist" and attach to "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity" -- "The Last Exorcism" delivers the heebie-jeebie goods. In mock documentary style (the film purports to be found footage), director Daniel Stamm follows the Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian), a disillusioned minister, on his last case of demonic possession.

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His focus is teenager Nell (Ashley Bell), down at the eerily remote Sweetzer farm. Her daddy (Louis Herthum) thinks something is amiss, what with the livestock dying and all. Cotton is skeptical. He performs exorcisms but thinks they're a crock. Then stuff starts flying, including intimations of devil worship, incest and I better shut up before the devil gets me for spoilers.

Peter Travers reviews The Last Exorcism in his weekly video series, "At the Movies with Peter Travers."

Fabian performs way beyond scary-movie duty as the Rev., blending laughs with goose bumps at the best times, meaning when you least expect it. Stamm and producer Eli Roth ("Hostel") can be trusted to exceed the PG-13 limits at every turn. It's not just the hand-held camera that will shake you up. "The Last Exorcism" gives you good reason to be very afraid of the dark.

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