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.
Why Is The Last Exorcism Rated PG-13?
The Last Exorcism is rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material.
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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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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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Details on home video releases of The Last Exorcism...
The Last Exorcism releases to DVD and Blu-ray on Junuary 4, 2011, with the following bonus extras:
- Audio Commentary by Producers Eli Roth, Marc Abraham and Thomas A. Bliss
- Audio Commentary by Director Daniel Stamm and Actors Ashley Bell, Patrick Fabian and Louis Herthum
- “The Devil You Know: The Making of The Last Exorcism” Featurette (approx 20:04)
- “Real Stories of Exorcism” Featurette (approx 14:30)
- 2009 Cannes Film Festival Teaser Trailer
The Blu-ray version also includes these additional materials:
- Ashley Bell Audition Footage
- Patrick Fabian Audition Footage
- 2009 Cannes Film Festival Teaser Trailer (SD)
- Theatrical Trailer
- LIONSGATE LIVE (Ringtones/Wallpapers/Facebook/Twitter)
- BD Touch Enabled