The Last Exorcism is a little closer and the one sheet is about as striking an image as one could ask for. When you think about it, there really haven't been a lot of good films about demonic possession. Sure, there have been some decent attempts, but most of the ones that come to mind have been third rate, foreign knock-offs of the big one, the Exorcist. There have been a few exceptions, of course, but by and large, they all exist in the shadow of William Friedkin's seminal shocker. Daniel Stamm's approach seems to hit most of the notes we're used to, but with a cinema verite style.
When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy.
Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus' own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late.
If you click the image above, it takes you over to Bloody Disgusting and their fancy pants high-res version. I have to say, this is one of the best promotional images in recent memory. Hopefully the film will live up to it. We'll find out when it hits theaters on August 27th.