Well apparently that wasn’t the last exorcism, as new film ‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ is set to hit theaters March 1st. For those of you that didn’t see the original film released in 2010 – produced by horror vet Eli Roth and directed by Daniel Stamm, here’s a little recap for you:
Original film plot:
‘When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine ‘exorcism’ on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell (played by Ashley Bell) is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy.
Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus’ own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late.’
The original was a ‘found-footage’ type film (think ‘Blair Witch’ or ‘Paranormal Activity’), but in the sequel, new director Ed Gass-Donnelly takes a more traditional approach and shoots it as an ‘Hollywood-Blockbuster’ type film. An official synopsis for the movie has not been released yet, but based on the trailer, looks like we’re in store for the following:
Our poor heroine Nell (portrayed again here by Bell) has amnesia (hmmm, likely story…) and doesn’t seem to remember playing incubus to her succubus demon counterpart, Abalam or how all of her friends and family came to be deceased. She’s taken in by some do-gooders and is placed in what looks like a halfway home for misunderstood/misguided girls of her age. Like the stalker he is, Abalam finds Nell (he calls her up like a boyfriend that can’t take a hint after a bad breakup – Get over it, Abalam!). Once this happens, all hell breaks loose. Nell can’t trust anyone and it seems that anyone she is in contact with can’t be safe from her demon boyfriends’ power (and really creepy back-bending-double-jointed-ness he seems to bring on everyone).
The weird thing is, it looks like Nell likes the attention Abalam is giving her and dare I say it, MISSES him?! Oh girl, kick him to the curb! Only time will tell as new trailers and information are released on the most recent addition to the franchise. Eli Roth holds title of producer again on the sequel, let’s hope he can ensure some decent scares and some fresh blood.
Let us know what you thought about the trailer in the comments section below – does it look like it’s going to be a stagnant spin-off or are some original scares in store for viewers?