I spent my undergraduate college years being shuffled around a grungy art school dormitory, where I finally ended up being the neighbor of two kind, sweet girls. Both were devout Christians, and one even believed she could speak in tongues -- something I once heard while quietly resting in my bed from the other side of the concrete wall. I admit to having naive and almost romantic notions of Southern religions -- shaped by films and books alike -- and to see some of these foreign ideologies brought to life felt terrifying and intriguing. If there's one thing I can positively conclude about the experience, it's that there are no right answers when it comes to personal faith. The Daniel Stamm directed and Eli Roth produced mockumentary The Last Exorcism explores this uncertainty through its strong characterization and clever use of horror film tropes to usurp expectations of the occult/exorcism subgenre.

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categories Features, Reviews, Horror