CBS Films has released the first trailer for the horror sequel “The Last Exorcism Part II,” and needless to say, your friendly, neighborhood Fanboys Examiner has it for you here. As always, click on the lower box on the left to watch.
Ashley Bell reprises her role as Nell Sweetzer in the sequel. Bell underwent intense physical preparation for her role in the 2010 original, a redemption tale in which Patrick Fabian’s charlatan exorcist has to live up to his own hype when he encounters a woman who’s actually possessed.
"It was great to be able to get the opportunity to do my own stunts and everything," said Bell in a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, reprinted by CBS Films. "Early in my research, I read that the people that get possessed by the Devil, their body turns into a battleground. And I thought to myself, 'What would that look like?' So, as I was preparing, I thought, 'Well, I'm just going to prepare for everything. I don't know what they’re going to ask me to do on set.'"
Bell’s bodily contortions in the first movie made a big impact, and ultimately factored prominently in the advertising for the film. That didn’t come at no cost. She later found out she actually had sustained stress fractures doing them.
How is the sequel different?
"Nell does take more of a central role in this story,” says Bell. “There was a new director involved, Ed Gass-Donnelly, [and] he had such a strong idea about where he wanted to take the story next and innovate on the first one that I felt in such safe hands. It was exciting to see where Nell would be physically and psychologically and emotionally after being so shattered by her experience. And that opened up almost a whole new set of questions and a whole new character to build. She had been absolutely broken, and I was figuring out and looking at what to bring to Nell, how to best put this broken girl back together again. The whole atmosphere was so creative."
As to whether the sequel can scare up screams to match the original, Bell had this to say:
"When I read the first script, I was scared, but when I read the second script, it was at night, and I think by the end of it, all the blood had slowly frozen or drained out of my body. It's scary. It's a whole new take on it. Where the script goes in this story, I had no idea where it was going while I was reading, and yet they were so completely faithful to the first film. It has huge scares!"
“The Last Exorcism Part II” opens in theaters on March 1st.