THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS TO THE ENDINGS OF
THE LAST EXORCISM
Stephen King's "IT" is only successful because of Tim Curry" movement. The mini-series is way too long and filled with way too much reminiscing. I don't care what you've been doing now, I just want 2 hours of crap-your-pants from the clown from when you were a child, thankyouverymuch. Pennywise the Clown is the antithesis of evil. he manifests himself into whatever seems to frighten those around him. While his usual form is this menacing clown, at the end of the movie he animates himself as a giant spider. This would be fine and dandy IF THE SPIDER WASN'T THE MOST POORLY ANIMATED USE OF STOP MOTION EVER AND WASN'T DESTROYED BY A FREAKING ASTHMA INHALER. I'm sorry, but season 1 of South Park had better stop-motion than "IT". Any sense of fear that was established from the clown was immediately shot away the second that embarrassing display of a spider showed up. I really don't understand how anyone behind this mini-series could have watched the spider scene and thought that it was good enough work to play alongside Tim Curry's genius. There's supposedly a movie in the works, which I'm actually okay with if they cast Tim Curry as the clown. Come on, we saw what happened when they re-cast Freddy Krueger...
The Last Exorcism was pretty awful. The saving grace for this movie was that it's a solid film, very unsettling, and well executed. The story followed a man trying to destroy the existence of demonic possessions and the working power of exorcisms. The reason it's called the "last" exorcism, is because it was to be his last. Believing this poor girl is simply ill or just plain bat-shit, he is remarkably unprepared for what awaits him. The film really picks up and gets good towards the end of the film, when it takes a very Blair Witch inspired ending and cuts off sooner than we'd hope. Basically, THE POSSESSED GIRL'S CRAYON DRAWINGS FORESHADOWED THEIR DEATHS AT THE LAST FIVE SECONDS. Cool. I knew the ending all along, and I just wasted my life on something I figured out two hours ago. Thanks.
Are horror movies cursed or are we as viewers just too damn picky?
I guess it'll go back to that nature vs. nurture debate.
Regardless, we need to start focusing on the endings of our movies more than our stupid intros and false advertising trailers.