After a $70 million worldwide gross, it’s safe to say that the low-budget horror flick The Last Exorcism was quite the success. Naturally, Eli Roth and Strike Entertainment will bring us an “even more terrifying and bigger scale sequel”. I found the first film to be a great addition to all of the other possession flicks out there. And while documentary style of filming is beginning to ware itself out, The Last Exorcism proved that at times it can have its advantages. The low-budget approach to the first film is what made it so enjoyable in a B-movie kind of way, so a “bigger scale sequel” has me worried.
When news first broke of the upcoming second installment I immediately wrote it off as just another crappy sequel attempting to cash in on the first film’s success. However — with the release of this creepy first image along with the official plot — the film may be more than just another sequel.
Continuing where the first film left off, teenage Nell Sweetzer is found dirty and terrified in the woods having just escaped a demon ritual in which a cult helped her give birth to a demon baby. Confused and scared, Nell is examined by doctors but she doesn’t remember much about the previous few months except that as a result of everything, her family is now dead. She is moved into Davreaux – a girls’ halfway house in New Orleans, where she will try to put her life back together with the help of the therapist, Frank Merle. She even begins to date a boy named Chris and starts a job at a local hotel.
But something doesn’t feel right to Nell. She is being sought after by the demon who possessed her in the first Last Exorcism. It wants Nell, but in a different way than before…
Again, the plot definitely sounds interesting and something that may very well be worth exploring. The only thing to worry about is the qualities from the first film that made it so enjoyable will ultimately be lost with the much bigger budget. The sequel can go either way so we’ll have to wait and see what comes from this.
What do you guys think? Is there room for a sequel or should it have been left alone?
Check out the back breaking first image.