The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) starring Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, Tarra Riggs directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly Movie Review

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Ashley Bell in The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

Please Let it be the Last

Following the previous events involving the cult, 17 year-old Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is found and committed to a mental hospital for assessment and treatment. Following that she is sent to live in New Orleans in the transition house run by Frank Merle who helps young girls get their lives back on track. Soon Nell is leading a semi normal life, still extremely timid but she has friends and even met a boy who is sweet on her. But soon things take a turn for the worse as she realises she not only has the evil Abalam to deal with but she is haunted by the members of the Cult. To make things worse she is approached by Miss Cecile who say she belongs to the sect Order of The Right Hand and they can protect her.

Definition of pointless: "The Last Exorcism Part II". Okay that may sound really harsh but "The Last Exorcism Part II" is a movie which never should have been made as the only purpose it serves is to fleece the pockets of those who enjoyed the original movie and hoped to get more of the same. You don't; whilst it wouldn't have made sense to do another found footage movie as a sequel the found footage aspect was a big part of what worked in the original "The Last Exorcism". It is one of the reasons why this movie should never have made it past the idea stage of production.

But that is not the only issue because the storyline itself which focuses on Nell trying to move on but being haunted by the past, the voices and so on preventing her is utterly boring. What it smells of is a slim idea which was drawn out to make it last almost 90 minutes but in doing so anything good which comes along is buried beneath a lot of forgettable. And I am on about moments of horror as well as "The Last Exorcism Part II" is not the scariest of movies.

The one positive I can come up with from watching "The Last Exorcism Part II" is that it gives you another chance to watch Ashley Bell who is the best thing about the movie. The mix she brings to the character of Nell with some naive innocence combined with an air of timid ness and then the sweetest smile works well in contrast to the elements of fear she gives the character. In fact at times Ashley Bell reminds me a bit of Anna Faris and her nervous mannerisms in "Scary Movie". But unfortunately the rest of the acting and the characters are forgettable.

What this all boils down to is that "The Last Exorcism Part II" should never have been made as it is hugely inferior to the first movie and becomes a slow slog of a movie with little in the way of edge of your seat horror or tension.