Regular readers of this blog, and those generally familiar with my work, may have inferred by now that I am, at the very least, somewhat predisposed to like horror movies. I mean, I think of myself that way. Which is one reason I was kind of taken aback by how much I disliked The Last Exorcism. But I disliked this film, intensely; and, I believe, for a very valid reason, e.g., it su-uuu-uuuu-uuuu-uuuu-uuuu-cked. Like, really. Details, or some details—there wasn't enough room for them all—in my review of the picture, for MSN Movies. I have to admit I'm rather puzzled at some of the rather respectful notices thisthing has been getting...because, as I said, it su-uuu-uuuu-uuuu-uuuu-uuuu-cks. As in not scary, not shocking, not formally coherent or consistent, lazy, and...sucky. I mean, really, an exorcism movie with a PG-13 rating? Why not just put on the poster, "This is gonna su...[etc.]?"
The only explanation for the respectful reviews I can think of, seriously, is some liberal media conspiracy or something. Really. The film's that bad. Bad enough to make The Exorcist look like...The Exorcist. Bad enough to make Beyond the Door look like...Beyond the Door. And so on. Netflix The Devil Rides Out, you'll save some money and have a much better time. Trust me. We can discuss it a little more below, if you're so inclined.