Stretch Out That Back: The Trailer for The Last Exorcism Part II Will Scare You to Pieces
01.09.13 by Ryan
"I found you."
How can a movie with the word "last" in the title get a sequel? When it earns $67 million worldwide on a $1.8 million budget, it's suddenly the first chapter in a longer story! Such is the case for 2010's The Last Exorcism, a movie which received mostly good reviews as it followed an evangelical preacher (Patrick Fabian) and his documentary crew as they attempted to reveal that the exorcism of a Louisiana farm girl named Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) was a scam. Only it wasn't the "last."
In The Last Exorcism Part II, gone is the found-footage, fake documentary style of the movie, which instead returns to the more traditional narrative storytelling as Nell is found as the lone survivor of her family and brought to a halfway house in New Orleans for a chance at a new life. However, the pesky demon that inhabited Nell doesn't seem to mind traveling to the Big Easy.
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Here's the full synopsis for The Last Exorcism Part II.
In the continuing story, Nell Sweetzer is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. When she returns to the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell finds that she can't remember large portions of the previous months, but she does know that she is the last surviving member of her family. As Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her comes back with terrible new plans for her, meaning that her last exorcism was just the beginning.
Check out the first trailer for The Last Exorcism Part II below.
For those wondering if all the back-bending contortions are a product of special effects, think again. For both movies, Bell says her movements are her own. "It was great to be able to get the opportunity to do my own stunts and everything," Bell admitted to Yahoo! Movies. "Early in my research, I read that the people that get possessed by the Devil, their body turns into a battleground. And I thought to myself, 'What would that look like?' So, as I was preparing, I thought, 'Well, I'm just going to prepare for everything. I don't know what they’re going to ask me to do on set.'"
It was on the set of the first Last Exorcism (ahem), that Bell showed off her contortionist skills, much to director Daniel Stamm's delight. "I was working on that backbend and several other physical things, and the night before the big exorcism scene, Daniel Stamm had said, 'Do you have anything you want to try?' and I said, 'Well, I can do this,' and I did that backbend in the hotel lobby, and he said, 'Okay, you just stay there. I'm going to rewrite this thing.' And I had no idea that it would become the poster and such a huge part of the film and everything."
The twisting and bending hasn't been devoid of cost. "I went to the doctor a couple months after filming [the first film], and I found that I had a stress fracture in my spine," said Bell. "They said, 'It's found in gymnasts and football players and girls that are in gymnastics and hyper-contort with backbends or anything like that. Does any of that sound familiar to you?' And I was like, 'No ... well, there's one thing that comes to mind...'"
The Last Exorcism Part 2 was written by Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (This Beautiful City, Small Town Murder Songs). Like the original, director Eli Roth (Hostel) will again produce.