Saturday, March 19, 2011
¡QUÉ HORROR! 2011
Candidate # 11
THE LAST EXORCISM
Though it’s been awhile since Hostel Part II, Eli Roth hasn’t been idle in the interim; he’s been in front of the camera as the Bear Jew, Sgt. Donny Donowitz, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, and as director Béla Olt in Fruit Chan’s disappointing English-language remake of Hideo Nakata’s Joyû-rei, Don’t Look Up. Roth’s also been behind the camera, but as a producer, on Daniel Stamm’s The Last Exorcism.
As you may or may not already know, The Last Exorcism is a faux doc following charismatic preacher and exorcist Reverend Cotton Marcus (Joan of Arcadia’s Patrick Fabian), as he takes along a film crew of two to record the titular “last exorcism.”
Previously titled The Ivanwood Exorcism and Cotton* at varying stages of its development, The Last Exorcism succeeds with its low-key approach to the material, depicting the dangers of both an overabundance of faith, and a lack of it.
* For the record, my personal favourite title of the three.
(The Last Exorcism OS courtesy of impawards.com.)