Lionsgate went out and got itself a new horror film that was produced by Eli Roth called The Last Exorcism. We've been covering this film since we first heard about it (it was formerly titled Cotton.) It was directed by German director and AFI graduate Daniel Stamm, and it stars Patrick Fabian.
The story follows an evangelical minister who turns against religion and decides to participate in a documentary in which he practices his last exorcism. An exoricm that doesn't look like it will turn out well.
Here is how Roth described the film in an early interview:
Cotton Marcus is a preacher who’s been doing fake exorcisms all his life, and decided to make a documentary about himself to expose what he does to clear his conscience. He wants to come clean, show all the tricks of his trade and talk about why people need exorcisms—the psychological benefits—even though they’re faked. His dad did it before him and at 40 years old, he’s starting to feel guilty about cheating people out of money. ‘Yes, I’m a fraud, I did it for the cash and this documentary reveals how I did it. Cotton has to choose a suitable subject out of the hundreds of letters he gets from panic-stricken people. There’s one from Oliver, a poor farmer in the Deep South, who wants him to exorcise his 14-year-old daughter Nell. Although he’s uncomfortable using children because of the possible psychological damage, Cotton is convinced Nell is the right subject when her father shows him a dead horse and tells him his daughter ripped the heart right out of it. Along with killing animals at night, Nell shows signs of abuse and is revealed to be pregnant. And so it gets worse and worse, weirder and weirder, until Cotton realizes Nell really is possessed by a demon. Then the freaky shit really starts, with chains and sex. I liked its edge and smart take on what faith is, what is real and what isn’t, its fresh approach to modern-day exorcisms.
The movie definitely it sounds like it's going to be a great horror flick, and this is one I'm looking forward to watching. I'm happy to see that it's going to get decent distribution. Now let's just hope it does its job and scares the hell out of us.