Despite the title, "The Last Exorcism" was hardly final, as a sequel will be released in March. Distributor CBS Pictures has released a trailer for the film that gives fans a glimpse of where the sequel will take things.
Even though the original film ended rather bleakly, it would appear that Nell (Ashley Bell) survived those events and has been committed to some sort of halfway house, where she has little to no memory of the horrors she experienced. Expectedly, her past begins to literally haunt her, as she's stalked by both a demon and its cult, both of whom are looking to finally claim her.
Curiously, the film looks to be pulling a "Blair Witch 2" by dropping the found footage gimmick from the original; instead, this will be a more traditional follow-up (though one bit in the trailer reveals that the footage from the original will play a role). The move arguably strips the property of its unique qualities, too; after all, there are plenty of exorcism-themed films, but the found footage aesthetic separated "The Last Exorcism" from the pack.
This trailer also confirms that Patrick Fabian won't return as Cotton Marcus, the evangelical preacher who investigated Nell's case in the first film. In many ways, Cotton was that film's true protagonist (in fact, the title referred to him since he has made a living staging false exorcisms) and was compelling enough to carry the film. We'll see if Bell can do the same thing for the sequel.
At least one other familiar face is back behind the scenes, though, as Eli Roth returned to produce the follow-up; this time, he tapped Ed Gass-Donnelly to direct a film that will be more hardcore than its predecessor, as Roth recently confirmed that it will carry an "R" rating.
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