I really wanted to like The Last Exorcism. The movie starts out well, with great acting and a really interesting story that follows a priest who commits exorcisms like stunts because he doesn’t believe in them, but rather uses the ‘possessed’ person’s preconceived notions about demons to make it seem like they’re cured.
I actually really liked this movie for a while. The premise is not one I’ve ever seen before, and the way they follow it through is honestly really original (and even the handheld camera style doesn’t bother me, as I still consider it one of the coolest trends in the movie industry). However, this is one of those few movies that I cannot forgive for its ending. This ending is one of the most awful, hate-worthy conclusions to any horror movie I’ve ever seen. It basically takes everything the movie was working toward and destroys it, turning the entire film into one big overdone mess.
It confuses me why the filmmakers even did what they did with the ending. The movie was doing really well, and honestly, if you have the choice, I’d say its worth watching if you turn it off five minutes before the end. If the last five minutes were slashed off and the movie’s length was extended for the sake of furthering its originally interesting premise, I would have said this movie’s great. But as it is, this is a lot of untapped potential that completely sold itself out before it could become anything good.