The Last Exorcism Part II

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Tormented Nell Sweetzer Ashley Bell discovers her infernal nightmare is far from over while waging a desperate struggle against the forces of darkness. Shortly after the events of the first film, Nell is discovered deeply traumatized in rural Louisiana. Her recent past is a blur, but the one thing Nell knows is that her entire family has perished. Later, just as Nell tries to start a new life in New Orleans, the evil force that laid claim to her body returns with a hellish ...
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Overview

Tormented Nell Sweetzer Ashley Bell discovers her infernal nightmare is far from over while waging a desperate struggle against the forces of darkness. Shortly after the events of the first film, Nell is discovered deeply traumatized in rural Louisiana. Her recent past is a blur, but the one thing Nell knows is that her entire family has perished. Later, just as Nell tries to start a new life in New Orleans, the evil force that laid claim to her body returns with a hellish vengeance, and a diabolical agenda.
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Special Features

Shooting in New Orleans featurette; Hair salon scare - The Last Exorcism Part II goes viral; ; Blu-ray exclusives:; Nell's story featurette; Commentary with Ed Gass-Donnelly and Eli Roth
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Picking up where 2010's The Last Exorcism left off, Nell Sweetzer Ashley Bell, once the guileless daughter of a kindly farmer, has been reduced to a feral wisp of a woman curled up on the counter of a terrified couple who quickly call the proper authorities. Upon examination, she is determined to be physically healthy, but she's unwilling or unable to talk. However, the traumatized Nell is roused from catatonia after a nurse snips off a lock of her hair to complete a gris-gris bag interestingly, voodoo stands in for Catholicism this time around. She remembers little more than her own name and her parents' deaths at the hands of a demon called Abalam, and is sent to live at a halfway house of sorts the details are vague for troubled young women in New Orleans. Caricatures abound inside of Deborah House: the rocker chick, the sassy street kid, the kindly caretaker, etc. Clearly, The Last Exorcism Part II is about Nell's ongoing supernatural afflictions, but even taking into account the film's intentions, the supporting cast do little more than flit around her like an annoying fly that's been following her since her last exorcism pun intended. However, the movie gets major points for abandoning the shaky cam of days gone by for solid production values, most notably the inviting yet creepy Deborah House. For each sun-soaked room there's a creaky step; for each comfy couch is a door that may have opened on its own volition. It's perfect for fake-outs and some of them are quite clever, particularly Nell's realization that the screaming she hears is from her own exorcism, which has gone viral on YouTube. Despite the numerous gotcha moments and false scares, there's a tiny bit of hope implied for Nell. For a while, the film comes across as a low-key Girl, Interrupted. The hospital staff believe she was the victim of a sadistic cult ritual, and Nell is all too happy to accept the alternate explanation. "Dear Abalam," she writes, "I have decided that I do not think you are real." It's too bad this isn't a psychological thriller, because there's something interesting about an individual who clings to mental illness as being preferable to a reality of malevolent supernatural phenomena. Naturally, Nell's battle with possession is far from over. Director Ed Gass-Donnelly does the film and the genre a favor by using a voodoo ceremony in lieu of a traditional Catholic exorcism, implying it's the faith and not the religion that counts. The twist ending is bound to divide those who like the middle ground between dark and total camp and those who love an outrageous twist. Overall, though, The Last Exorcism Part II is worth a look if you're interested in a mildly spooky experience between Halloweens.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • UPC: 043396424470
  • Original Release: 2013
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 40,794

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ashley Bell Nell Sweetzer
Julia Garner Gwen
Spencer Treat Clark Chris
Louis Herthum Louis
David Jensen Calder
Tarra Riggs Cecile
Muse Watson Frank Merle
Erica Michelle Daphne
Sharice Williams Mo
Boyana Balta Lily
Joe Chrest Pastor
Technical Credits
Ed Gass-Donnelly Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Marc Abraham Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Producer
Merideth Boswell Production Designer
Damien Chazelle Original Story, Screenwriter
Olivier Courson Executive Producer
Eli Roth Producer
Ron Halpern Executive Producer
Patty Long Executive Producer
Gabrielle Neimand Executive Producer
Eric Newman Producer
Abby O'Sullivan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellen Parks Casting
Brendan Steacy Cinematographer
Michael Wandmacher Score Composer
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