The Last Exorcism

Theatrical Release: August 27, 2010
The Last Exorcism


When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcised before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy.

Dove Review

The protagonist of this pic is a preacher who also conducts exorcisms. However, he doesn’t believe in demons and his preaching tactics are more showmanship than faith in motion. He uses parlor tricks to whip his parishioners into a religious frenzy and his exorcisms are much the same – more show than go.

As he lets a film crew tape his escapades, he is intending on exposing exorcisms as nothing more than cheap tricks until he becomes faced with a real possession. There were many twists in this film and the ending was a little awkward. The language was however over the top preventing us from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Many scary images; girl bludgeons a cat to death; girl cuts boy's face with knife.
Sex: . A girl is pregnant.
Language: Hell as a place several times; God and Jesus used properly many times however there were two inappropriate uses of the name of Jesus; J-1; JC-1; D-1; B-1
Violence: Many scary images; girl bludgeons a cat to death; girl cuts boy's face with knife.
Drugs: Girl prescribed medication but cannot take because she is pregnant.
Nudity: Teen-aged girl undresses but we only see her bare back.
Other: Bloody demonic symbols on the walls; demonic ritual involving the bloody birth of a creature.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Huck Betook & Andrew Gurland
Director: Daniel Stamm
Producer: Marc Abraham
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 87 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe