When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus’ own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
An unusually restrained and genuinely eerie little movie perched at the intersection of faith, folklore and female puberty.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 08.27.2010
The pseudo-documentary premise is paper-thin at the outset and wears out long before Botko and Gurland's script lurches toward the dumbest and least plausible solution to the mystery.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 08.26.2010
The Last Exorcism is fueled by the arrogance of its smarmy outsider, the expert who knows everything except what an ass he is.Kyle Smith, New York Post, 08.26.2010
Stamm creates an anxious psychological horror that's vaguely familiar yet refreshingly original.Sean O'Connell, Washington Post, 08.26.2010