Clark Collis
March 06, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Last Exorcism Part II

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
89 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/01/13
performer
Ashley Bell, Spencer Treat Clark
director
Ed Gass-Donnelly
distributor
CBS Films
genre
Horror

We gave it a C+

The Last Exorcism Part II may have an extremely dumb title but that’s not a good reason to avoid it — particularly when there are so many more legitimate excuses not to see this tepid, predictable sequel to the 2010 horror film we’re now renaming The First Last Exorcism. Having eschewed the found-footage format of the original, director Ed Gass-Donnelly makes good-ish use of the movie’s New Orleans location. Ashley Bell is convincingly fretful as the returning exorcisee Nell, who spends much of the film enduring flies, visions of her dead father, and nocturnal backbending (a limber vertebrae has now officially replaced projectile vomiting as the definitive proof of demonic possession). Unfortunately, no one involved seems to have bent over backwards to make the movie either original or even all that scary. C+

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