Perhaps buoyed by the recent success of the similarly themed "found footage" demonic possession movie The Devil Inside, the previously announced sequel to the low-budget 2010 hit The Last Exorcism is heading into production next month. Ashley Bell is set to reprise her role as the rural teen who's possessed by a demonic entity, but apart from picking up three months after the end of the first movie, little is known about the plot details. As with that film, the writer (Damien Chazelle) and director (Ed Gass-Donnelly) are virtual unknowns, but producer Eli Roth returns to give the sequel added genre credibility.
Speaking of genre credibility, Roth and company's approach this time around will be edgier -- possibly spurred by a polarized reaction to the original from audiences (though I personally enjoyed it). He told Deadline, "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." I, for one, am eager to see where they go. Expect to see Last Exorcism 2 (title TBD) in theaters late this year or in early 2013.