Nell returns to us in the sequel to 2010's The Last Exorcism.
Written by Damien Chazelle and Ed Gass-Donnelly and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly, The Last Exorcism Part II follows Nell as she is found by a young couple after the events of the first movie. She is taken to group home for young women where she starts to calm down from her ordeal. She slowly starts to believe that what she believes happened is wrong until Abalom returns to haunt her.
There is a second redeeming quality, one that can't be detailed very thoroughly, and that is in how the movie ends. Needless to say the film doesn't have a happy ending, and that's all I really want to say about it. It was satisfying to see it go the way it went, though far from perfect.
Special effects, to dive head first into the thick of the problems, in this film are rather atrocious. First of all they are CGI and when CGI is done improperly it looks horrendous. Take one example, flies. Flies have become a staple in the supernatural/demonic themed movies. You see them floating in haunted houses, coming in and out of people's mouths. So its no surprise to see a couple of scenes in which we have flies on screen. There is one such scene in which a fly is crawling on Nell's face. Its obvious that the fly isn't really there, not that the fly looks fake, its a well done piece of art.
Along with the effects we have a poorly written and developed story. The heart of this film is the haunting of Nell by the demon Abalom. Of course, hauntings and demonic possession have been done over and over with mixed results, so The Last Exorcism Part II isn't paving new trails in the cinematic jungle. But that's not the problem, its been done before by other films to take an unoriginal concept or theme and turn it into a brilliant piece of cinema. This film doesn't do that.
It quickly becomes a very boring film, losing the excitement that the first generated. It drags us slowly through the eighty eight minutes of film time hitting us with dry dialogue and a story that feels played out. Nell's character is the only fleshed out character and the reason for that is she was fleshed out in part one. We're not driven to care for any of these characters, we don't know them.
The Last Exorcism falls extremely short, a victim of the sequel curse. It was an unwarrented sequel with undeveloped characters and a story that didn't stand apart from the demonic possession genre. Its a dull ride, one in which the audience will be more than happy when it reaches its end.
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