Sometimes all it takes to turn a movie into a "must-see" is one memorable image. Lately, those memorable moments from trailers and ads have been eye-popping digital effects. Like tidal waves cresting over the Himalayas in "2012" or giant robots tumbling down the highway in "Transformers."
The film is the 24-year-old Ashley Bell's first leading movie role. She was previously best known for a recurring role on Showtime's series "The United States of Tara." Bell comes from a family of actors; her father, Michael Bell, has been doing voices on cartoons like "G.I. Joe" and "The Smurfs" since the 1970s, and her mother, Victoria Carroll, was a founding member of Hollywood's renowned improvisational comedy troupe, The Groundlings. Bell used both her vocal and improv skills in her audition, acting out an exorcism on the spot and nailing the role.
For the scene where she bends backwards, Bell told the Toronto Sun it took 20 grueling takes to get the shot just right. She joked, "[Director Daniel Stamm] nailed my boots down, pushed me over and yelled, 'Action!'"
Patrick Fabian, who plays the exorcist, Reverend Cotton Marcus, confirmed that Bell's performance was just as chilling to watch on the set as it is in the movie. He said, "Ashley would be turning her neck or slithering on the floor and a voice would come out and it just creeped us out. There was no acting involved in there."
Bell stated that while the film's shoot was incredibly demanding, she was happy to do it, no matter the physical cost. She said, "I got a lot of bruises and I was so proud of them, like, 'Yes, war wounds!'"
"The Last Exorcism" opens this Friday.
I have never been a fan of Exorcism movies as The Exorcist was the scarest movie that I seen as a kids. In fact for a time I was even convinced I was possessed. Guess that's what watching scary movies as a kid does to you....I am all better now......or so the voices in my tell me I am.