With August 27th rapidly approaching, horror fans are gearing up for what may be the next truly terrifying new horror film, “The Last Exorcism”, which is due out on that day.
A new one-sheet movie poster has been released, and it only helps to intensify the excitement of the rabid fans who are eagerly awaiting the film’s release.
Director Daniel Stamm and producers Eli Roth & Mark Abraham’s faux documentary style horror movie, “The Last Exorcism” is set to premier later on this month and looks to be this year’s “Blair Witch” type film. Of course in October, we’ll be “treated” to the next installment of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, which will make loads of cash, but if it’s no better than the first film, “The Last Exorcism” should outshine it at the box office or at least in the hearts and minds of fans.
The story surrounds a Protestant priest named Marcus Cotton, who had performed exorcisms for the Church, for money, throughout his career, despite the fact that he does not believe in exorcism. Cotton wants this story of fraud to be known, so he invites a film crew to accompany him on his last exorcism, where he is to “cure” the daughter of a farmer. However, this unveiling of the “truth” does not go exactly as planned, and the priest’s faith is put to the test.
“He who believes in God, must also accept the existence of the devil.”
It seems at least once a year, we are ‘treated’ to a film that is filmed in a “realistic” or documentary style which intentionally attempts to ‘trick’ the viewer into either believing what they are watching is real, or at least making them wonder if there’s a chance that it may be real. These sort of movies either work brilliantly (ie: “The Blair Witch Project”, “Open Water” and “The Fourth Kind”) or they try far too hard to convince us that it’s real, that what they fail to do is to provide the viewer with any character development, without any real scares, and they end up lacking any substance whatsoever (ie: “Paranormal Activity”).There have been countless others who have fit into this category of “faux documentary”-style horror movies, even “knock-offs” of some of these (ie: “Paranormal Entity”) who try to cash in on the name and/or success of the movie that they are “borrowing” (stealing?) from. With all of these kinds of films, fans tend to lean completely to one side or to the other. There is little ‘middle ground’ when it comes to these movies; you either love them or you hate them! Therefor, it’s hard to be sure, that with The Last Exorcism, that we’re getting a film from the good side of the scale, and not from the mediocre side.
Which side of this scale will “The Last Exorcism” prove to be on? Well, only time will tell, and ultimately, that determination will be left in the hands of each and every viewer of the film. Some will love it. Others will detest it. But it’s nearly a lock that it will make a lot of money, since audiences seem to clamor for these type of films, even if their friends, family, neighbors or even garbage men have told them how bad one particular movie is. To quote the great P.T. Barnum, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. More often than not, I will admit that I have been that sucker. And even after being disappointed by movies like Paranormal Activity, I will most definitely be that very same sucker once again. And why is that, you might ask? Well the answer is a simply one; we all long to be scared. And what’s scarier than the thought that the terror we’re seeing on screen may have really happened? Because if it happened to the man and his wife who were haunted by an evil entity, or if the silly college kids could have mistakenly wandered into a haunted forest, than perhaps even if those films turned out to not be true, the next story may just happen to be real, and maybe, just maybe, I may end up an unwilling participant in a life or death caper, which fans will line up and slap their hard earned cash on the counter to see. Or perhaps, it won’t be me….maybe it’ll be YOU!