The trailer for unholy extravaganza, “The Last Exorcism 2” (TLE2) is still picking up steam online. As the original movie was fairly successful, it’s only natural for us to have high hopes for the sequel (side eye). A wonderful little thing called editing is responsible for stringing the film’s ripe morsels together so as to convince us that the sequel packs a heftier punch than its predecessor. It may be too early to tell whether TLE2’s filmmakers lived up to our expectations when the movie is released on March 1st. But these trailer highlights let us know that they tried. Check out the preview below and see if you agree…
“Oh, snap! I’m still possessed!” (0:24)
Nell (played by Ashley Bell) still seems to be tortured by evil in the sequel. Our first clue takes place when she sees a distorted reflection in the mirror. We’re suddenly reminded of all the disturbing stuff she did in the first film. Things can only go downhill from there.
“Oh snap! I'm possessed too!” (1:41)
Demonic possession just ain’t fun unless everybody’s got one. As such, someone other than the main character is seen sporting notoriously scary blackout “demon eyes.” To boot, the curly blonde speaks in one of those wicked raspy voices directors love so much. Is Bell’s costar really afflicted with evil? We can’t be certain. But at this point, it looks like Abalam is spreading the wealth.
The Money Shot: Body Contortions 101
Collectively, we’ve come to realize that movies about those possessed by the devil just aren’t complete without the victim’s body contorting into some obscene posture – typically an exaggerated back bend, although we've seen dozens of other configurations. A little past halfway in the trailer, we’re treated to a glimpse of a young woman contorting violently in bed in just this manner. You didn’t think they’d make TLE2 without including this genre’s finest selling point, did you?
The Shadow People
In this story, it appears that Nell (who always looks like she’s about to do something creepy) is actually on the run from something great, big and evil. And whatever it is has multiplied into a bunch of Shadow People. Their creepiest appearance crops up around 1:24, where several of them materialize outside the windows of a church. Another shadowy figure follows her down the steps after the minute-and-a-half mark. Clearly, they want us to know that the Evil has escaped and is wreaking havoc everywhere Nell goes. But what we ultimately want to know is whether this sequel will wreak havoc on a potentially promising franchise.