The Last Exorcism Part II directed by Ed Gass-Donelly is a continuation of Daniel Stamm’s 2010 supernatural horror: The Last Exorcism. This new installation stars Ashley Bell, Andrew Sensenig, Julia Garner and Spencer Treat Clark and picks up where the first film left off, when Nell Sweetzer (Bell) is found in Louisiana alone and terrified. Nell realizes that she has a hard time remembering events that occurred in the previous months, the only thing she knows for sure is that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just when she decides to start getting back her life, the evil force that possessed her re-emerges. It seems that her last exorcism was just the beginning of unimaginable horrific plans. The Last Exorcism Part II will not be presented in a found footage format which was the style in the previous movie.
“The Final Judgement Beckons with The Last Exorcism Part II
In case you were wondering — why, yes, that is actually Ashley Bell contorting her body into the shape of a “2″ in the deliciously disturbing poster for “The Last Exorcism Part II.” Who needs Photoshop when you’ve got the Devil in you, after all?
Actually, that second part isn’t exactly true — there’s no actual demonic possession going on with the Santa Monica-born actress, who reprises her role as poor Nell Sweetzer in the horror sequel. Just a lot of really, really intense physical and psychological training, which began during preparation for the original 2010 film, “The Last Exorcism,” a redemption fable in which Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian), a P.T. Barnum-like preacher man and charlatan exorcist, must step up and actually become the man he’s been claiming he is when he comes across a woman who’s chock full of bad spirits — like, for real.
“It was great to be able to get the opportunity to do my own stunts and everything,” said Bell in a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies. “Early in my research, I read that the people that get possessed by the Devil, their body turns into a battleground. And I thought to myself, ‘What would that look like?’ So, as I was preparing, I thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to prepare for everything. I don’t know what they’re going to ask me to do on set.’”
Director Daniel Stamm and his creative team, including producer Eli Roth, asked Bell to do quite a lot on set, including to twist and contort her body into seemingly impossible shapes, scurry up walls, press against the corner of the ceiling — all kinds of extreme physical acts designed to bring a sense of intense authenticity to the found-footage horror film.
“I stumbled, in my research, on a book called ‘The Art of Hysteria.’ It depicts doctors’ images of women going through hysterical fits when they were trying to figure out what hysteria was. These were real photographs, and yet their bodies could not be more contorted from their backs down to the tips of their fingers. And these are real. It was very important, Daniel and Eli had both said, that since this was shot documentary style, we must make this as real as possible. So I looked at this book on hysteria, and I also looked up epileptic fits, manias, seizures and any kind of odd or repetitive motions.”
The entire article can be read at Yahoo Movies
The Last Exorcism Part 2 is scheduled to be released in cinemas on March 1st 2013.
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