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Here’s When You Should Never Pick Up a Video Camera, According to the Movies

the-sacramentSometimes you just can’t help making your way into the genre spotlight when a more traditional shooting technique applies, but for those making a movie within a movie, you’re throwing yourself into POV/found-footage territory and are essentially enabling all the horrors that come with it. These are some exampes of times when you really shouldn’t be picking up the movie camera.

WARNING: This list contains plot spoilers!

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Everything is too good to be true.

In Ti West’s latest, Patrick (Kentucker Audley) travels out to Eden Parish to try to bring his sister (Amy Seimetz) home from a suspect sober-living community while his buddies Sam and Jake (A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg) come along for the ride to document the experience for their outlet, Vice. The community is warm and welcoming? Patrick’s sister insists it’s truly paradise? You’re granted unprecedented access to the man in charge? It really is too good to be true.

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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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10 Items Movies Have Taught Us Not to Touch, Ever

In this weekend’s new release The Possession, poor little Em Brenek just has to buy an old box at a yard sale. Even though the thing clearly isn’t meant to be opened, Em insists and she’s left with creepy fingers popping up in the back of her throat. If only Em had watched a few more horror movies, she would have picked up on the telltale signs that something isn’t right about her precious little box. No, we don’t want to live our lives in plastic bubbles, but thanks to the genre we know that there are quite a few things out in the world that might be alluring, but are just not worth touching.

Infamous Videotapes

When legend has it that if you watch a certain videotape you’ll die within seven days of watching it, you might as well stay on the safe side and opt out of popping it into the VHS player. Nightmares, nose bleeds and incessant phone calls just aren’t worth it. If you’re so curious that you can’t bear to go on without catching what’s on this haunted videotape, better figure out if you’ve got the guts to make a copy and pass it on. But then what poor soul will you pass it on to? Good thing VHS players are just about obsolete!

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Review: The Last Exorcism

When you go to see a movie about an exorcism, you know what to expect; a seemingly normal yet freaky subject, moaning, chanting and body contorting. The Last Exorcism really is just more of the same, but puts those elements to use in a rather unique way making them far more terrifying than one would expect without even being graphic. The Last Exorcism is a truly horrifying film, but doesn’t leave you with a pit in your stomach, rather a smile on your face. It’s scary, funny and entertaining and an excellent way to close out the summer.

Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) is a preacher, but he’s also a showman. He can get his congregation to go along and feel good about anything he says, even a recipe for banana bread. Cotton takes the same approach to exorcisms. He puts his showmanship to work, conducts a fake exorcism, really makes his client believe he’s extracting a demon and everyone’s happy. The victim believes the demon has been removed and Cotton gets his money. It’s not as selfish as it sounds; Cotton is just trying to support his family and make sure he can afford his son’s hearing aids. However, after learning of a young boy killed during an exorcism, Cotton decides to make this next one his last and expose the practice for the scam that it is.

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