22. The Last Exorcism
Release Year: 2010
Directed By: Daniel Stamm
Starring: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Caleb Landry Jones, Tony Bentley, Shanna Forrestall, Becky Fly, Denise Lee, Logan Craig Reid, Adam Grimes, Jamie Alyson Caudle, Alex Bourdreaux
Release Date: Sunday, Sept. 1
It seems as though as soon as the Fourth of July passed, most people were already pining away for fall weather and Halloween celebrations. We’re barely into September and the pumpkin spice lattes are already flowing. Hey, we might as well get the party started early and kick off the pre-Halloween spirit with horror movies on Netflix. This month, the streamer adds The Last Exorcism, one of the most chilling horror flicks of the last decade.
The Last Exorcism centers on evangelical minister Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian), who has become disillusioned after years of performing exorcisms. But he decides to allow filmmakers to create a documentary around his final exorcism that will also work to expose the fraud going on in his ministry. Cotton travels to Louisiana where he performs his usual exorcism tricks on Nell (Ashley Bell), but his methods don’t work, forcing him to believe that he’s facing a real demonic evil.
Upon release, The Last Exorcism received positive reception from critics, earning the film an exceptional 72% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of winning with most critics, The Last Exorcism was also a commercial success, bringing in $67.7 million worldwide gross against its meager $1.8 budget. The film was nominated for a number of awards, winning the Empire Award for Best Horror, and was followed by the 2013 sequel The Last Exorcism Part II. Don’t miss the chiller when it begins streaming on Netflix at the top of the month.