Deliver Us From Evil (dir. Scott Derrickson, 2014) – Officer Ralph Sarchie finds the answers behind the erratic crimes from an unconventional priest.
Replicating the genre’s best (including his own), Scott Derrickson presents a well-structured supernatural entry that lacks distinction, save for a bizarre incrimination of classic rock jams that opens doors to ridicule.
“You haven’t seen true evil,” the trailer boasts. But if you have seen one on film, you have seen it all. From grisly self-mutilation to scratching floorboards, Deliver Us From Evil promises nothing outstanding in the overcrowded genre of exorcism. Chills remain in the distant past of Linda Blair’s spider-walking contortions and pea soup spew.
The haunting notably traces back to the sands of Iraq, where Pazuzu of The Exorcist fame had first laid dormant. Strange events soon follow in the city of New York as officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) hits a dead end in his investigation. He meets Father Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez), who believes that the key may be a greater evil than what man can do.