Pause for kids 14 & under
Tense "documentary" has some blood, lots of scares.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Exorcism is a fictional horror movie shot in documentary style, much like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. It's not as relentlessly scary as those R-rated films -- there's a long setup before anything horrific happens -- but once it does get going, it can be very violent and highly disturbing. Though there's some blood and plenty of "jump" scenes, most of the horror is suggested rather than shown, but that actually makes it all the more vivid to the viewer's imagination. There's discussion of a character with a drinking problem, as well as talk of potential rape and incest.
- Families can talk about the film's violence. How much was actually shown? Was it more or less scary not being able to see everything?
- Does the "documentary" format make the film more or less scary?
- Is Cotton Marcus a good person, or is he a bad person who's deceiving people? What does he learn over the course of the film?