The Last Exorcism part one was a really good movie that showed good acting over a creepy tale. I was genuinely excited for the sequel when I heard about it in development. In The Last Exorcism part two, acting was the same good caliber but the story lacked a few plot elements; taking a turn away from the cult aspect and relying more on a demonic love story.
After the events of the first film Nell Sweetzer, played by Ashley Bell, is found in a local home. After a visit to the hospital she is taken to a girl’s home where she is slowly rehabilitated. Her life is finally getting back on the right track. Then she begins to get demonic visions and she starts to feel as if she is being followed. Is the demon Abalam planning to corrupt young Nell again?
The acting is very good. Ashley Bell brings a great performance to Nell. She is naïve, demure, and very believable as an actress. Some of the other characters are alright but it’s not nearly as interesting as Bell as Nell. They found a way to bring her father back into the movie, which was fun. I wish they found a way to write in Nell’s brother, or the reverend Cotton Marcus for this movie as well.
The story itself is okay. The choice to go from POV camera to a more standard view is much better for this type of story. The movie shows a different tone and attitude than the last since the focus is Nell this time around. There is less humor and more mystery involved in this one. How the found footage from the first movie came to be released into the public is still a question. The ending is also a lot darker and leaves very little room for a sequel.
If you are a fan of the first movie then you should see this one as well. It is different from the first film and in that respect the viewer will appreciate this movie’s style. If you’ve never seen the first movie, it’d be best as a rental or a matinee if you are desperate. On its own this movie was fun, but is really a lesser movie when compared to the first.