In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizin...more
In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Inspired by the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases. less
“ Deliver Us From Evil was as boring and predictable as its trailer was interesting and spooky. Horror films have seen better days in the hands of director, Scott Derrickson. ”
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Nauseating, headache inducing stuff.
Scott Dereckson’s ‘Deliver Us from Devil’, in many ways, brings to mind some of the most ridiculous horror outings of our very own Vikram Bhatt and Ram Gopal Varma. Based on former NYPD cop Ralph Sarchie’s non-fiction memoir, the film follows the tough, brooding Bronx cop as he gets entangled in bizarre cases such as a woman throwing her baby into the lion’s den at a zoo. We’re introduced to him as he with his team finds a dead infant in a trashcan, and in a short while attends another case of a weirdo who has just beat up his wife and daughter. The cases seem disconnected at first, but he later discovers that some creepy demon that possesses people and engraves cryptic messages on wall is behind all the happenings. Predictably, it turns out he’s a clairvoyant. Predictable, he has a wife and a daughter who get involved in the mess. Predictably, his daughter does little else in the film than sleeping in a room full of creepy-looking soft toys. Ralph is an atheist and predictably, there’s a priest character who spouts weird mumbo-jumbo like “There are two types of evil: Secondary evil and primary evil.” The scares the film offers, the effective ones at least, are the ones that are mere tricks to increase the number of bump-scare moments in the film. These are also the only portions in the film that are somewhat fun, since the film somehow seems to recognize that what’s going on isn’t horror but comedy. When the film actually gets down to business, things get so ridiculous and loud, what with the deafening screeching of the possessed antagonist and the booming background music and the flickering lights, that it’s hard to keep looking at the screen without getting dizzy. There are several bad horror films that are nonsensically plotted, that have characters we don’t give a damn about, that don’t manage to evoke fear or any other feeling in you thanks to the uninventive filmmaking. ‘Deliver Us From Devil’ is all of that; but it’s also an ugly-looking, raucous ordeal that has the potential to give Ram Gopal Varma a hard on by virtue of how nauseating it is to merely look at. It gave me a severe headache that isn’t likely to go away anytime soon.