If the dreadful ending of The Devil Inside didn’t put you off of found footage horror flicks forever, then this weekend’s announcements of two new films featuring the gimmick should give you something to look forward to.
Proving that there’s no truth in advertising, Eli Roth and company have announced plans to start filming a sequel to The Last Exorcism in New Orleans next month. Deadline reports that filmmaker Ed Gass-Donnelly (of Small Town Murder Songs fame) will take over directorial duties from Daniel Stamm. Ashley Bell will reprise her role as the demonically troubled Nell in the sequel, which is based on a Damien Chazelle script.
Plans are for the sequel to veer into R-rated territory (the original was PG-13) and expound on what happens after the first film’s wholly unsatisfying conclusion. Roth tells Deadline he’s, “very, very excited to continue to this story. Obviously with the title of the first one we had not planned on a sequel, but we love the story and subject matter and had what we feel is an inspired idea to continue it. As you can see from other recent films, fans around the world are fascinated by this subject matter, and we want to go deeper and darker this time. The first film worked great as a PG-13 psychological film, but now we want to go R-rated and show the true horror of what this subject matter offers. The biggest creative challenge will be coming up with the right title!”
The film was originally set to be released as Cotton – based on the name of the main character – but was later changed to The Last Exorcism.
If you’re looking for a found footage that isn’t a follow-up, then perhaps Thirteen will be more your speed.
Universal, Strike Entertainment, and Energy Entertainment have teamed up to produce the film – which is being billed as “in the Flatliners mold” – for a 2013 release. Read on for the plot breakdown courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.
“Thirteen centers on possession and is understood to utilize a mixture of found-footage point of views. The story is reminiscent of 1990's 'Flatliners', which starred Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland as medical school students experimenting with the line between life and death.”
We’re not really sure how that ties into Flatliners, but until we see some footage, we’ll take Universal’s word for it.
Now we turn it over to you – do you guys want more found footage films or has the recent glut of Paranormal Activity sequels killed your interest in the gimmick? We’re unsure what to make of Thirteen, but we’re intrigued by a sequel to The Last Exorcism – particularly if it reveals what happened at the end of the first film. Share your thoughts with us below.