The 2010 horror movie The Last Exorcism told the story of Cotton Marcus, an evangelical minister in Louisiana who is the subject of a documentary effort by a small film crew. Though Marcus doesn’t believe in the power of exorcisms, he performs them occasionally as a faith-building exercise. But while doing an exorcism on camera for the film crew, things get out of control.

This sequel is connected to the original, as the formerly possessed Nell (Ashley Bell) takes center stage, but it uses a slight location change and convenient amnesia to tell what looks like enough of a standalone tale that anyone who didn’t see the first film can jump right in. Yep, Nell is found by the ancient evil once more. (We know he’s ancient because he still calls the landline.) It also is presented as a conventional movie rather than a found-footage film.

It’s easy to make a joke about the title, so think of it this way: if the title of the original film represented the last exorcism performed by Marcus, this one twists it a bit. Which is to say, the demon in Nell might well be saying “the last exorcism you experienced wasn’t enough to drive me out.” Yike? Some of the trailer looks like old-fashioned scary movie fun; see it below.

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A new trailer has dropped for Eli Roth‘s latest horror project, but this time he’s not the one behind the camera. Roth stars in Nicolás López‘s Aftershock as one of three friends (with Ariel Levy and Nicolás Martínez) who hit up a Chilean nightclub for a wild night out. Their evening takes a turn for the worse when a serious earthquake hits, and then gets downright deadly when the city begins to panic. Watch the video after the jump.

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Old people begin and end today’s Sequel Bits, which include updates on Red 2 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. After the jump:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is getting sequelized (as The Second-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?)
  • Eli Roth is interested in The Man With the Iron Fists 2
  • Producer Gregg Wilson chats about the status of Bond 24
  • Ian McKellen details his decision to return for The Hobbit
  • Look at two more photos from The Fast and the Furious 6
  • See new pics from the London-as-Moscow set of Red 2

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In a move that’s somewhere between hilarious and tasteless (veering sharply towards the latter), producers of Eli Roth‘s latest film have given a remote Amazon village its first, er, taste of the movies…by showing the famed exploitation film Cannibal Holocaust. But let’s back up. Roth returns to screens this fall via the festival entry Aftershock, which he produced and stars in, and with RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists, which he co-wrote and produced.

But Roth is also getting set to direct once more, for his first film since Hostel: Part II. The movie is The Green Inferno, in which “naive do-gooders” run afoul of South American cannibals. Roth plans to shoot the film Herzog style, by taking a small crew to a remote native village on the Amazon river, where there’s “no electricity, no running water, nothing.” And as part of the process of asking permission to film from the locals, the production had to first show them what a movie is in the first place. And so they used Cannibal Holocaust. You can guess what happened next. Read More »

A movie that debuted right here on /Film just make it big. Aftershock, directed by Nicolás López, starring and produced by Eli Roth, was just acquired by Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films at the Toronto International Film Festival. Based on Lopez’s experiences during the Chilean earthquake of 2010, the film centers on a group of friends who strive to survive after a massive earthquake hits Chile, freeing prisoners and unleashing other kinds of insanity.

Aftershock won’t premiere at TIFF until Tuesday September 11. The Weinsteins were confident enough in it, Lopez and Roth to not only purchase the film, but also take the rights to another Roth-produced horror film called Clown, based on a fake movie trailer. Learn more about both after the jump. Read More »

Eli Roth‘s first step towards horror fame was Cabin Fever.  One of Ti West‘s first steps was directing Cabin Fever 2, though West wasn’t given control over the final product and requested that his name be taken off the film, and disowned the final release. Now Roth and West are coming together to working on a new film, called The Sacrament. Read More »

Eli Roth‘s fake trailer for a horror film called Thanksgiving was one of the highlights of both the omnibus feature Grindhouse and Roth’s own career. And for years since the debut of Grindhouse Roth has discussed making a feature version based on the idea. But we’ve heard of little forward momentum on the project in quite some time.

Now Roth says that he and other writers have broken the story idea, and will shortly be cranking out a script. Perhaps by fall 2013 we’ll finally be able to dig into a little horror feast. Read More »

After years of doing awesome small horror movies, Eli Roth is about to step into the big time. Warner Bros. is talking to the Hostel director about directing Harker, a vampire themed detective film that has been floating around for some time. Read More »

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