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The Last Exorcism

Although Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) has exorcised demons before, he has decided that the case of Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) will be his last. And he arranges to have a film crew document the procedure. But what they capture with the camera looks more like a horror movie than a religious act. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 87
Theater Release: 27 Aug 2010
Video Release: 04 Jan 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Violence: The corpses of disemboweled and bloody animals are depicted on a couple of occasions. A girl is repeatedly seen wearing blood-soaked clothing. A young man has his face slashed open with a knife (while the act is not seen, gratuitous amounts of blood are shown later). A character throws dirt clods at a car with people inside. A character is jolted with a battery’s current. Scary sounds and convulsions are part of an exorcism. A character is chained to a bed, locked in rooms and later threatened with a gun. Bullets are fired in an attempt to scare or kill characters. A girl appears to be drowning a baby in a bathtub. A cat is attacked and killed (bloody imagery is shown). A character breaks her fingers. It is implied that characters are burned, hacked to death and beheaded.

Sexual Content: Sexual activity is implied between characters. An unwed pregnancy is talked about and a scene of childbirth is shown. Incest is briefly discussed. A character confesses his homosexual interests.

Language: The script includes less than a handful of terms of Deity used as profanities. However, these terms are used frequently in religious settings or during the exorcisms.

Alcohol/Drug Use: None noted.

Other: A character licks and kisses the arm of a woman following the exorcism and later vomits violently. Blood-splattered pictures and occult symbols cover the walls of a home. Satanic rituals are depicted along with frequent discussions of devilish phenomena. Some audience members may be subject to motion sickness from the handheld camera work.

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