31 Days of Horror: The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13; 2013; 88 min)

last exorcism 2

After seeing and hating The Last Exorcism during a past 31 Days of Horror, I didn’t hold out very high hopes for this installment. Yet the first two minutes showed such promise. Alas, it was not to be, as I spent most of the movie watching the clock and yawning. Literally. At eleven o’clock in the morning!

TLE II follows the same Nell Sweetzer from the original, as she is living in a kind of half-way house for troubled girls in New Orleans. Everyone seems to think Nell came from a cult due to her odd behavior and innocent ways. But as she starts to come out of her shell, and even falls for a boy, she also reverts back to seeing and hearing from the demon who possessed her before. And he wants her back in a very, um, complete way. As voodoo, religion, and sexual tension mix and Nell and her housemates try to act scary or scared, the movie spirals down, down, down to its ridiculous conclusion, leaving the door open for another installment. Let’s hope whatever possessed these people to make such bad movies gets properly exorcised before that happens!

  • Top Scare: First two minutes
  • Heartbeats: 1 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 2 1/4 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 1 1/2 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 14 and up, due to sexual nature of some scenes
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