The Last Exorcism film poster (2010). Image Source: Wiki.
I recently saw a mockumentary horror flick, The Last Exorcism (2010), about a disenchanted exorcist who agrees to take part in one last exorcism, while bringing along a documentary crew to expose the ritual as a fraud. This film employs the usual tropes of Catholic exorcist and devil movies; the only novelty is the heavy irony about reality, typical of Millennial perspectives. The film's acting says this isn't real over and over, indicated by the actors ending every sentence on a sing-song, upward note. There are some scary bits, but they're overwhelmed by docu-gimmicks. The film also employed the 'found footage' motif and viral marketing. Strike Entertainment and Studio Canal used the chat site Chatroulette to market the film (see Chatroulette reviewed here, here and here). It presented site users with a girl starting to undress, then becoming possessed (see below). This marketing ploy twists a potential audience's virtual realities, which are now the unsettling standard of their actual realities.