REVIEW: ‘The Last Exorcism, Part 2’

Nell (Ashley Bell) tries to keep the evil at bay in "The Last Exorcism: Part 2".

In nature, mimicry and camouflage are used as a defense against predators. Whether it is the protective coloring of some species or even the clever anatomy of a stick bug, these mechanism help protect the weak or otherwise helpless. Hollywood has taken this idea and, of course, applied it to films, allowing lesser movies to ride the coattails of better movies to make money they don’t deserve.

Just like, “The Last Exorcism: Part 2”
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REVIEW: ‘The Last Exorcism’

Did the devil make Nell (Ashley Bell) do it in "The Last Exorcism".
Did the devil make Nell (Ashley Bell) do it in "The Last Exorcism".

Back when I was too young to drive myself anywhere but old enough to ride my bike places, I would, on most any summer day, trek on down to the old Hampton-Illinois library. You could usually find me in one of a couple of places: either somewhere in with the science-fiction books or in the religion section. Religion might sound like a curious section for a boy barely in double digit years to be poking around in, but there was one book that constantly held my fascination. Up on one of the higher shelve – high enough for me to need a step stool to get to – was a small red and black book, barely bigger than a paperback.

Its title, one simple word: Demonology.

Maybe there was just something about my Roman Catholic upbringing that drew me into that mysterious world of candlelit rituals and spiritual warfare. Maybe I’ve always been attracted to the darker elements of life. Whatever the reason, it makes me excited about movies like “the Last Exorcism”.

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