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Perri’s Top 10 Movies of 2013

Top_Ten_of_2013-176x3002013 marks my fifth year working as a film critic and reporter and I’m proud and very thankful to say it was the best yet. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work alongside some fiercely talented friends and colleagues, interview some of the most esteemed talent in the industry, attend events like SXSW, San Diego Comic Con and Cinema Con, and, perhaps most importantly, see a number of films that I’ll carry with me well beyond 2013.

I am endlessly grateful to spend each and every day doing what I love and am thrilled to celebrate cinematic achievements like these …

10. VHS 2

VHS” put the horror anthology format back on the map, but “VHS 2” solidifies it as a feature structure that can rival traditional narratives. The wraparound component still isn’t quite there, but all four shorts in the sequel are highly creative, entertaining and memorable. Adam Wingard delivers a typical haunted house scenario but within a new, intriguing framework, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez put an entirely fresh spin on the zombie genre and Jason Eisener offers up a stunningly stylized alien invasion that rocks some of the feature’s most unforgettable sounds and visuals, but the best of the bunch is definitely Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto’s “Safe Haven.” You think you’ve seen it all? Evans and Tjahjanto put the large majority of third act massacres to shame. “Safe Haven” is the one that will blow your mind, but all four short films are impeccably structured and loaded with remarkably unique plot points, turning the full feature into a beautifully sick and twisted film that’ll give you a good scare and/or having you shouting something to the effect of, “No way!,” the entire way through.

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Review: The Last Exorcism Part II

The-Last-Exorcism-Part-II-PosterDropping Nell in an entirely new environment and nixing the found footage format put “The Last Exorcism Part II” on track to becoming a fresh-feeling sequel to the original, but that’s about as far as director/co-writer Ed Gass Donnelly gets.

“Part II” picks up where the first film left off. Nell (Ashley Bell) is the sole survivor of the cult massacre in the woods and is shipped off to a home for struggling girls in New Orleans. She actually manages to assimilate, taking a local job, making friends and even finding a boy she likes, but Abalam still lurks nearby, preparing to make his move to possess Nell forever.

Clearly “The Last Exorcism Part II” is light on story. There are loads of possibilities in plucking Nell out of her rural Louisiana town and plopping her back down right smack in the middle of New Orleans, but the gag loses steam fast, ultimately becoming a wasted opportunity. Rather than provide intimate access to Nell, conveying how uncomfortable and confused she must feel, each new encounter just is what it is. She simply sees an iPod. All of a sudden she’s just walking through a Mardi Gras parade. She looks incredibly awkward each and every step of the way, but not a single new occurrence does anything to build the character.

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Interview: The Last Exorcism Part II’s Ashley Bell

Ashley_Bell_Last_Exorcism_Part_IIThanks to her iconic chilling backbend, Ashley Bell’s been permanently engrained in our minds ever since Eli Roth and co. unleashed the very first poster for “The Last Exorcism.” Since, Bell’s been packing on the projects and making quite the name for herself beyond the horror genre, but after “Last Exorcism” hit it so big, how could Bell not return for another dance with the devil?

In “The Last Exorcism Part II” Bell is back as Nell Sweetzer. The story picks up right where the first film left off, Nell being the only survivor of the third act massacre. With her family long gone, Nell is sent to New Orleans to start a new life, however, Abalam isn’t done with her just yet and has no problem relocating from rural Louisiana to the big city to get what he wants.

Stepping back into Nell’s shoes is one thing, but Bell is also responsible for bringing Abalam back to life. Check out what Bell had to say about handling what she calls Nell’s love affair with the devil, the thrill of developing the backbend 2.0, and much more in the interview below, and be sure to catch “The Last Exorcism Part II” when it hits theaters on March 1st.

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‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ Interview: Eli Roth Takes Nell and Abalam to Mardi Gras

The-Last-Exorcism-Part-IIIt was a dark, stormy night. Shortly after having four wisdom teeth extractedHostel-style, my mouth pooled with blood as I picked up the phone to talk horror and exorcisms with Eli Roth. No, it didn’t really happen like that, but it would have made for an appropriate post-op chat about The Last Exorcism Part II, right?

In the sequel to the 2010 hit, Nell (Ashley Bell) is back and even though she’s still reeling from the effects of her terrifying, body-contorting bout with the demon Abalam, she tries to adapt and build a new life. Trouble is, it’s impossible to escape her past with the footage of her disturbing experience all over the Internet and Abalam still hot on her trail.

With The Last Exorcism Part II due in theaters on March 1st, Roth took a little break from editing The Green Inferno to discuss the meticulous process of developing a worthy sequel. It’s a wonder the producer managed to decipher my puffy-cheeked, garbled questions, but Roth was thrilled to dish on passing the torch from Daniel Stamm to Ed Gass-Donnelly, giving Nell a crash course in modern technology and more.

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What to Watch in 2013 to Get Your ‘Hunger Games’ Fix While Waiting for ‘Catching Fire’

Dayo-OkeniyiIt may finally be the year of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but November 22 is still a ways away. As eager as we are for the big day to arrive, 2013 just started; there’s no need to rush the year away, as there’s a slew of films hitting theaters over the next 10 months that can appeal to the Hunger Games lover. Whether it’s another YA-book-to-film adaptation or a piece that features a Hunger Games star, 2013 is oozing with promising productions that should keep you thoroughly entertained through November.

The Spectacular Now, Sundance Film Festival
Perhaps this is more of a false start because The Spectacular Now has yet to secure distribution, but is still one to watch at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on Tim Tharp’s novel, the film tells the story of a whisky-guzzling cool kid with zero post-high school plans who strikes up a relationship with a girl who’s the exact opposite of him – socially defunct, but has ambition. Not only does the film rock a stellar cast including Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kyle Chandler, but it also marks Dayo Okeniyi’s first post-Hunger Games effort, too! Sundance runs from January 17 to January 27, so keep an eye out for reviews and perhaps even news of a distribution deal.

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