CBS Films, Strike Entertainment and StudioCanal present in association with Anton Capital Entertainment, an Arcade Pictures Production. The Last Exorcism part II stars Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark and Louis Herthum. The film is directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly, who also edited and wrote the screenplay with Damien Chazelle (Chazelle also has a story by credit).
Continuing where the first film left off, The Last Exorcism part II begins as Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is recovering after having survived a terrifying exorcism. Completely traumatized, Nell can’t remember entire portions of the previous months, only that she is the last surviving member of her family.
“We wanted to make a clear stylistic shift from the docu-style of the first film to a straight narrative in the sequel,” explains producer Eli Roth. “The new approach allows us to go deeper and darker. I never want to give away the secrets inside the haunted house, but now that we know who and what we’re dealing with, we really get to explore that.”
As The Last Exorcism part II picks up right where The Last Exorcism left off, the production returned to Louisiana, this time to the Southern gothic surroundings of New Orleans. The location was a joy for both the crew and the actors, on a number of different fronts.
Ed Gass-Donnelly remarks on the range of locations which include “houses built on stilts to avoid flooding, above ground cemeteries, as well as the skeletal remains of buildings destroyed by the hurricane that are long since abandoned. You can have beautiful 300 year old buildings right next to a decimated office tower that no one has repaired since Katrina.”