Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Last Exorcism


I can hear the pitch to the studio right now:  It's 'Paranormal Activity' meets 'The Office'!  A charlatan reverend who practices exorcisms but doesn't actually believe in demons decides to do just one more before he moves on to a different line of work and a cleaner conscience.  And he brings along a partner and a cameraman to record it all.

This is the latest entry in the documentary style horror film genre, which started a decade ago with 'The Blair Witch Project'.  Since then we've seen a lot of inferior knock-offs, along with a few triumphs like '[REC]' and 'Paranormal Activity'.  But just when you think the genre is dead and ready to be put to bed, you get this one which is fresh and exhilarating.  By now we're familiar with the format, but the acting is great and the atmosphere is just right.  So rent this one, turn off the lights, and get ready to get scared.

Grade: B+ (and close to an A-)

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