Ashley Bell (born 26.05.1986)
Ashley Bell is an American actress.
Childhood: Ashley Bell was born in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are actors Victoria Carroll and Michael Bell. She attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
Acting career: Ashley Bell made her acting debut in an episode of 'Boston Public' in 2003 and had another TV appeared in 2007 in 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'. In 2009, she appeared in 4 episodes of 'United States of Tara' and made her film debut in the comedy 'Stay Cool' with Winona Ryder, Mark Polish and Hilary Duff. The following year, she landed the starring role in the horror flick 'The Last Exorcism' alongside Patrick Fabian. She reprised the role in the 2013 sequel 'The Last Exorcism Part II'. In 2011, she appeared in the post-apocalyptic movie 'The Day' with Shannyn Sossamon and Dominic Monaghan. In 2012, she lent her voice to the character Zoe in 'The Penguins of Madagascar' which also featured the voice of Tom McGrath.
It's the early sixties and 17-year-old Cathleen Harris has decided on what she wants for her future. Having been drawn to the Catholic faith from the age of 7, she now wants to take the ultimate step and become a nun having felt the presence of God. Her mother is none to happy about her decision, fearful that she will lose her daughter forever, but nonetheless Cathleen joins a convent as a postulant in under to undergo the novitiate - that is, training before taking holy vows - led by the Reverend Mother. She's a very traditional kind of nun, rejecting any kind of modernisation of the church, banning all physical affection from the lightest of touches, and encouraging their young novices to use controversial methods of self-discipline. But, the fact is, the church is changing and the Reverend Mother struggles to cope with the idea of losing her authority as the era of the Second Vatican Council reformations draws near. Meanwhile, many of the novices struggle with their sexuality - something ultimately forbidden by the path they have chosen.
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'Scorpion Joe' and Lenny are two amateur bank robbers who decide to hold up the Mackin County bank. To escape the sheriff, the pair decide to take a hostage, Vivian, who is put in the boot of their car and the two thieves escape.
Wishing to lay as low as possible, Joe and Lenny take to the back roads and enter territory neither is overly familiar with. Lenny is seriously injured after a brief gun battle whilst escaping the bank and they're driving closer and closer to danger.
When she sees a chance, Vivian escapes and makes a run for it, little does she know the danger she's placing herself in from separating from her captors. Carnage Park is a dilapidated piece of land owned by a psychotic ex-military sniper who initiates himself as the cat in a deadly game of cat and mouse where the only person on your side is yourself.
When you qualify your movie as the "last" anything, a sequel seems a bit out of the question, but these new filmmakers have essentially relegated the 2010 original to a mere backstory. They have moved on from the video-cam format and the whole debunking premise to make a much more straightforward horror romp. And while it's packed with cliches, it heads full-speed into a final act that's jaw-droppingly bonkers enough to make this a guilty pleasure.
After the carnage of that farmhouse exorcism, Nell (Bell) is the only survivor. She's taken to a New Orleans halfway house with other battered women, who begin to teach her how to live her life after growing up in isolation. She still has a sense of her religious roots, but learns to enjoy pop music and even starts flirting with a cute handyman (Clark). Even though she wants to believe that her demon-possession wasn't real, it becomes apparent that maybe that previous exorcism didn't quite take. "A piece of him is still inside you," says an occult expert (Jensen), completely without irony. Indeed the demon is back with a vengeance, and he has something awful in mind.
Filmmaker Gass-Donnelly keeps the atmosphere tense, throwing in elements from every horror film in recent memory, including creepy masked figures, staticky broadcasts, insidious phone calls, buzzing houseflies and even a sassy psychic (Riggs). The soundtrack is full of creep-out noises, while the images are intercut with flickers of the previous film. But all of this is done in that bland Hollywood style that makes us jump without actually freaking us out. Thankfully, the film has Bell on board to deliver a performance much better than the movie deserves: she's genuinely unsettling as the tormented innocent.
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It's all things horror as we look forward to The Last Exorcism II's release tonight
Considering the prequel was called The Last Exorcism, no one really saw The Last Exorcism II coming. But that hasn’t diminished the excitement surrounding Daniel Stamm’s possession horror, which hits cinemas tonight (March, 1).
If the recent flurry of awful horror films has got you scared to part with your hard-earned cash, then worry not, as TLE II seems to be a winner, if the critics are to be believed, anyway. The Guardian say: “Stamm effectively crafts a dozen or so marvellously creepy moments. Audience faith in the existence of decent horror films is reaffirmed,” while Empire Magazine wrote: “The method is well-worn and the subject-matter familiar, but this is a smart, scary little picture.” And with a respectable score of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, you could do a lot worse tonight.
The big movie news this week, of course, was the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations, to which people reacted with the usual levels of surprise and anger. The biggest snub seems to be for previous winner Kathryn Bigelow, who was overlooked for a directing nomination even though her film Zero Dark Thirty earned five other nods, including Best Picture.
If you’re going to call a movie ‘The Last Exorcism,’ you should probably resign yourself that you can’t really make a sequel to it, containing an exorcism. Except, apparently, these guys just did. The Last Exorcism Part II has a production credit for horror don Eli Roth and is scheduled for release in March 2013.
The movie continues where the first one left off, with Nell Sweetzer (played by Ashley Bell) found alone and terrified in the woods. She slowly pieces the missing last few months of her life back together and has to deal with the realisation that she is the only surviving member of her family. Oh – that and the fact that the demons haven’t gone away. If they had, it wouldn’t be much of a horror movie now, would it. The trailer gives a glimpse of the bone-breaking body-distortion that we all watched the first one for, as Sweetzers frame is twisted by the demon that possesses her; there might not be much in the way of progress here, but if ‘more of the same’ was what you wanted after their first movie, then ‘more of the same’ is just what you get here.
It’s looking as though this could well become our next long-running horror franchise, competing in the stamina stakes, with the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw and Paranormal Actvity.
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After the last members of her family die in a horrific satanic ritual, Nell Sweetzer is found frightened wandering around Louisiana. Once she is found, she is encouraged to start afresh in New Orleans but wherever she goes, she can't seem to get the memory of her demonic possession out of her life and it is uncovered that her last exorcism was not, in fact, her last at all as the demon Alabam has returned to her body with plans of an ever more destructive and grisly nature. Will her next exorcism succeed in banishing the wrath of the creature taking over her, or will she be doomed to live with him inside her forever more?
This chilling supernatural horror has been directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly ('Small Town Murder Songs' 'This Beautiful City') who co-wrote the screenplay with Damien Chazelle ('Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench'). It follows on from the previous 'The Last Exorcism' film directed by Daniel Stamm whereby a minister who has lost his faith is called to exorcise Nell at her home where she lived with her father and brother. Looking to be just as disturbing as number one, 'The Last Exorcism Part II' is set to hit screens on March 15th 2013.
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
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Five people who have survived the almost total destruction of humankind through relentless warfare, set out together armed with firearms and blades in a quest for their continued survival. The group discover an uninhibited farmhouse in which they immediately find shelter, however they soon begin to feel uneasy and decide to salvage whatever they can find within the building with the intention of leaving immediately after. However, when one of them accidentally sets of an alarm in the house, they realise they are trapped and will very soon be ambushed by a group of ruthless savages. Suspicions are aroused when one female in the group seems to have a lot of information about them and she herself shows little fear or mercy as the savages attack. She admits to being 'one of them' but is still determined to destroy them all. A day of brutal battling ensues; will the survivors be so lucky this time with their ever-decreasing store of food and ammo?
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Rev Cotton Marcus (Fabian) has been a preacher since he was a little boy, following in the footsteps of his father (Wright) to hold his congregation in the palm of his hand and exorcise demons when necessary. But a crisis has undermined his faith, so he hires a TV crew (Bahr and Grimes) to document the the ridiculous trickery he uses to perform one final exorcism. But nothing about this possessed girl (Bell), her father (Herthum) or brother (Jones) is as expected. And Cotton starts to doubt that there's a logical explanation.
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Reverend Cotton Marcus is an evangelical minister who has spent his life convincing others that he's able to perform exorcisms. Thinking his final exorcism is behind him the Reverend allows a film crew to document his final days in the ministry but when a desperate and distraught father contacts the reverend asking him to remove the demons from his possessed daughters body, the reverend has no choice but to accept. As the film crew reveal Reverend Cotton as a fraud, he is faced with the true evil that appears to be worsening in the farmers daughter.
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Date of birth
26th May, 1986
It's the early sixties and 17-year-old Cathleen Harris has decided on what she wants for...
'Scorpion Joe' and Lenny are two amateur bank robbers who decide to hold up the...
When you qualify your movie as the "last" anything, a sequel seems a bit out...
After the last members of her family die in a horrific satanic ritual, Nell Sweetzer...
Five people who have survived the almost total destruction of humankind through relentless warfare, set...
The best thing about this film is the way it continually subverts our expectations. It...