I kind of enjoyed the first film, and fully planned on checking out this sequel no matter what my suspicions were that it would likely be a complete pile of crap.
The idea that the story would continue by seeing where Nell’s life went following the events of the first film, was actually something I thought would have some redeeming value.
So what happens to her? In a nutshell, she lives in a transitional home for troubled young women, and things for a while seemed to be improving for the better. But that pesky demon from the first film just won’t leave the poor girl alone.
The demon’s presence is very slowly played out as the film moves along, but at a fairly disjointed and mostly uneventful pace. Some of the deceptive imagery and such are actually pretty decent, I thought, as Nell slowly becomes engulfed by the demon’s will.
Opening the film up was a strong and tense scene which was the best part of the entire thing. Everything else just seemed lazy by comparison.
Poor Ashley Bell did her best I felt with what she was given to work with, and it wasn’t very much at all, but kudos to her for at least trying.
The Last Exorcism II has one of the worst endings I have ever seen in a horror film. It’s downright unimaginative and feels lazy through and through.
If you have seen the first film and got some semblance of enjoyment out of it, leave it at that and completely avoid this one.