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DVD REVIEW:the Last Exorcism - Part II
11:57am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Entertainments
NELL Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), the sole survivor of a bungled exorcism, is discovered in a catatonic state. Doctors place her with Frank Merle (Muse Watson), who runs a refuge for disturbed and emotionally damaged girls in New Orleans.
Over time, Nell bonds with her spunky roommate Gwen (Julia Garner), and secures employment as a hotel chambermaid, working alongside shy guy Chris (Spencer Treat Clark), who holds a torch for her.
As Nell begins to let her guard down, she suffers disturbing visions and learns that she is being watched by a secret society known as Order Of The Right Hand, which promises to cleanse the evil that still courses through her veins. As the young woman's mental state deteriorates, Frank attempts to convince Nell that her nightmares are not real.
"In a week, we'll probably all be dead," she snaps, sounding the death knell for the nameless supporting cast.
Set directly after the climactic bloodbath of the original 2010 film, The Last Exorcism – Part II is a lumbering sequel, which conjures all of the spooky madness you expect and nothing more, barely tapping into the rich ghoulish history of New Orleans. Bell adopts a rictus of fear for majority of the film, with occasional flickers of a smile during the tepid romantic subplot with Clark.
The supporting cast clings forlornly to the lifeless lines of dialogue, and edge-of-seat scares are in depressingly short supply.
Our lack of emotional connection with any of characters precludes any suspense.
When these people die, as most of them surely must, their screams of terror fall on deaf ears.
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