The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Eli Roth Interview
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Shooting in New Orleans
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Nell’s Story
|Year Of Production||2013|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Ed Gass-Donnelly|
Spencer Treat Clark
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.40:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.40:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
God asks. The Devil commands.
Eli Roth's The Last Exorcism was a reasonable attempt at the "found footage" genre that has grown tiresome very quickly. As a moderate success it was inevitable that a sequel would happen and so we have the imaginatively titled The Last Exorcism Part II as directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. This installment has Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) moving to a girl’s home in New Orleans after the events of Part I. At first things seem to going pretty well and Nell’s life is coming together with a new job at a hotel and new boyfriend. The demon Abalah however has other ideas and wants Nell for “himself”. Could a demon be romantically obsessed with a human girl? Well it seems so although this demon looks more like a stalker than Beelzebub. When things start unraveling Nell discovers that her activities are being monitored by the secretive Order of the Right Hand who can potentially help her. Being set in New Orleans makes it inevitable that a bit of voodoo gets thrown into the mix as Nell struggles with the events that might be a figment of her imagination or something much more tangible. We know however that her demons are real and intent on both corruption and protection.
There are two things to like in The Last Exorcism Part II. Firstly, the “shaky-cam found-footage” schlock has been abandoned in favour of more traditional filming techniques. Secondly, Bell as our heroine is genuinely excellent in portraying the possessed girl fighting for control of her life. Apart from that however this movie falls flat with the usual cliches and recycled filler that is common with just about every B-grade horror flick. The worst fault however is that this movie isn’t all that scary although there are a few shocks that you can see coming a mile away. That the story-line doesn’t really make sense is a given, but even in an “exorcism” movie the premise of summoning a demon to catch a demon is hard to swallow.
Disappointing though this movie might be there are enough signs to indicate a Part III could be anticipated. If that does happen then hopefully there’ll be more than Ashley Bell to recommend it.
This film is presented in its cinematic 2.40:1 aspect using MPEG-2 codec. Note that the back cover indicates a 2.35:1 aspect but I believe this to be incorrect. The Last Exorcism Part II has a generally muted palette which often looks like it’s been filmed in a light mist. I assume the intention was for a sombre look and in that respect is works. The atmosphere of New Orleans also tends towards a sultry and muted look although even in the street festival the colours don’t particularly pop. As far as artefacts are concerned there is a bit of edge enhancement that is obvious (note for example the power poles and cables at 54:36) and the blacks weren’t particularly distinct during dark scenes. Facial tones were good with Bell’s Celtic completion contrasting nicely with the darker faces around her. I didn’t notice any compression artefacts on the dual layer transfer.
The only option is a Dolby Digital 5.1 effort at 448 Kb/s. This is an adequate mix without standing out in any way. Surrounds are used well for the usual bumps and thumps and the LFE broke into proceedings when required. Voice synchronisation was good and the dialogue was easy to understand at all times. The movie score by Michael Wandmacher was unobtrusive but effective in setting the atmosphere.
|Surround Channel Use|
Static menu with no audio.
Eli Roth Interview (0:48)
Dolby Digital 2.0 192 Kb/s. Very brief talk with Producer Eli Roth and Ashley Bell with a few promotional shorts thrown in.
Shooting in New Orleans (2:03)
Dolby Digital 2.0 192 Kb/s. Roth and Bell talk about New Orleans and how the Mardi Gras fitted in with the plot.
Nell’s Story (2:24)
Dolby Digital 2.0 192 Kb/s. Roth and Bell again in the same setting talking more about the Nell character.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The region 1 release seems to include a featurette called Hair Salon Scare which involves tricking people in front of a two way mirror. Other than that the releases look identical. This title is also available in Blu-ray and digital download.
The Last Exorcism Part II presents nothing new and has little to recommend it apart from Bell and the absence of “shaky-cam”. If you like this genre however then it’s worth hiring.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.
The extras are poor.
|DVD||Cambridge Audio 751bd, using HDMI output|
|Display||Panasonic TH-58PZ850A. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Amplification||denon AVR-4311 pre-out to Elektra Theatron 7 channel amp|
|Speakers||B&W LCR600 centre and 603s3 mains, Niles in ceiling surrounds, SVS PC-Ultra Sub, Definitive Technology Supercube II Sub|