More reminiscent of Blair Witch than Paranormal Activity, but ultimately comes across as a bizarre coupling of This is Spinal Tap and Rosemary’s Baby.
Daniel Stamm’s The Last Exorcism is more reminiscent of the faux-documentary style of Blair Witch than the pure ‘found footage’ approach of Paranormal Activity, but ultimately comes across as a bizarre coupling of This is Spinal Tap and Rosemary’s Baby.
Patrick Fabian stars as shady Southern minister Cotton Marcus, who agrees to let a camera crew record his final exorcism to expose how phoney the art of demonic banishment really is. Unfortunately, this time he finds himself doing it for real.
The Last Exorcism is a fun and well-acted movie that utilises a superb central performance by Fabian to create a slyly comic air that runs throughout the proceedings. The final product works best as a pitch-black comedy – right down to the schlocky denouement – much more than it does as a full-blooded frightener in the tradition of the ne plus ultra of religious horror, The Exorcist.