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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘The Last Exorcism’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


I only just watched this trailer: I hadn’t seen it before I actually saw the film yesterday. And it’s an interesting example of how misleading trailers can be — but I’m not sure if this one is misleading in a bad way. This trailer doesn’t even hint at the most intriguing aspect of the film… at least, what I found to be the most intriguing aspect. I suspect that those who go into this looking for an Eli Roth film with pea-soup vomit and twisting heads and such will be disappointed — I’d never even have guessed from the film itself that Eli Roth (whom I have mostly not been a fan of) had anything to do with this movie.

I’ll be curious to hear what audiences think of this film after it opens, particularly those who were drawn by this trailer.

The Last Exorcism opens in the U.S. and Canada on August 27, and in and the U.K. on September 3.



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  • James

    I also saw the trailer for the first time after seeing the film, and was quite surprised with the way it presents the film. While I think it will get more people in to see the film (along with the hugely misleading poster), I believe the actual film to be far better than the trailer lets on.

    I hope this is the start of a huge career for Ashley Bell.

  • Les Carr (wibbly wobbly timey whiner. in recovery)

    I must admit that it’s not a genre I watch much of, but I will tentatively voice the question: is it always the ladies who get in a pickle and need to be exorcised?

  • MaryAnn

    I will tentatively voice the question: is it always the ladies who get in a pickle and need to be exorcised?

    It does seem to be this way. But that plugs in to where this film takes it…

  • Ide Cyan

    Saw it tonight at a preview screening. I think it’s the first time I’ve been in an audience where lots of people reacted loudly when the end credits started.

    I liked the film, but it didn’t quite work for me at mixing horror with horror deconstruction — the balance wasn’t quite right. Also, my remembering Patrick Fabian from his rather comic appearances on Millennium and Veronica Mars probably didn’t help me take his character seriously (hard to find gravitas in Ratfinkovich, sorry!), though he worked really well for the first half of the film, and the overall cast was pretty strong; and some of the cinematic tricks, like the atmospheric cutaways interspersed between scenes, undermined the effectiveness of the central narrative conceit.

    I’m pleased that it passes the Bechdel test, though.

  • Ide Cyan

    (By reacting loudly, I don’t mean clapping and cheering, but more — hooting or exclaiming in disbelief and protest.)

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