The Last Exorcism Part 2

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Rectify Daniel Holden (Aden Young) is released from prison after serving 19 years on death row for the rape and murder of a teenage girl, but his return home opens up a world of troubled complications for everyone involved. The small, Southern community is divided on the issue of his innocence as the DNA evidence seems at odds with his own confession, and those doubts are just some of the issues he now faces. Character actor Ray McKinnon moves behind the camera here as the show’s creator, and the result is easily one of the year’s finest and most affecting shows. The story shares some thematic similarities to the brilliant Boy A, but it quickly finds its own rhythms and strengths thanks to a smart ensemble filled with heartbreaking performances and characters. It’s not needed, but the show also features some suspense and mystery surrounding Daniel’s possible guilt. It’s a short season at only six episodes, but happily Sundance Channel has ordered an additional ten for season two. [DVD extras: Featurettes]

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The Last Exorcism Part 2

When the word started to get out about a new found footage movie called Cotton back in 2009, it immediately stuck out from the then current crop of similar horror films by being character driven movie with a legitimate reason for filming. The story of Reverend Cotton Marcus was interesting and engaging, that of a man brought up in faith who’d come to regard the whole lifestyle as a hoax, an elaborate play put on to calm the nerves of the anxious churchgoers. And he was unquestionably the star, a charming, energetic young man who knew just how to play an audience. But growing concerned with an increasing number of requests for exorcisms, Cotton decides to bring on a film crew to help him expose exorcism for the stage play it really is. Obviously, the name of the film was changed to The Last Exorcism before release and the film that bore that name did a lot of things right. A few minor quibbles aside, it was a pretty good film. So of course someone decided that we should all be exposed to a sequel, mainly in the hopes that money could be grubbed. While many have poked fun at the idea of a film entitled The Last Exorcism getting a Part II, it’s not completely ridiculous. After all, the exorcism from the title of the original film was referring specifically to Cotton’s last exorcism. Although, the Cotton character doesn’t appear in the new film so maybe the title doesn’t […]

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The Last Exorcism Part 2

In the second Last Exorcism, Nell (Ashley Bell) has moved on from the old farmhouse, but even as she tries to have a normal life, the demon that rose from the fire in the first film has different plans. Because demons make plans. Forgetting the ridiculous title, the film boasts two key strengths. The first is Bell — who was steely in the first film and gets a bigger spotlight here. The second is co-writer/director Ed Gass-Donnelly, whose most recent work was the beautiful crime flick Small Town Murder Songs. The Cajun setting is also pretty promising. Watch the voodoo for yourself:

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