From Reaffirming to Challenging Traditions: A critical comparison of The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part II

Christopher Olson and I presented our first analysis for the exorcism cinema project at this year’s Midwest Popular Culture Association conference. We subsequently wrote the presentation as a paper that would go in a book we are developing. We just submitted the book proposal last night, and now this morning you can read this analysis here: From Reaffirming to Challenging Traditions: A critical comparison of The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part II.

2 responses to “From Reaffirming to Challenging Traditions: A critical comparison of The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part II”

  1. […] ← From Reaffirming to Challenging Traditions: A critical comparison of The Last Exorcism and Th… […]

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  2. […] I would not consider this a good film by any stretch of the imagination, as it is given more to jump scares and long periods of exposition over atmosphere and tension. And it is hard to believe Oldman as a rabbi (most likely he worked in this film given his previous work with Goyer on the Batman trilogy as Commissioner Gordon). At the same time, the movie focuses on the young woman’s experience of becoming possessed, and it is her conviction from this experience that prompts the exorcism to occur, as she convinces the skeptical rabbi and a priest (played by Idris Elba, for a DCCU and MCU crossover) to help her. Thus, as with The Last Exorcism Part 2, the movie focuses on a young woman’s struggles with demonic possession and her pleas to have an exorcism to save her. However, unlike that film, The Unborn does not appear to have a subversive ending. […]

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