Disembodied voices, guttural snarls and spinning heads – you’ve seen it all before right? Wrong. Well, maybe partly right.
Deliver Us From Evil is inspired by accounts from real-life NYPD sergeant turned paranormal investigator, Ralph Sarchie, and puts an interesting slant on the exorcism genre by mixing it with a dash of detective drama.
Eric Bana stars as Sarchie, whose probe into a series of inexplicable and disturbing crimes sees him become entangled in a world of demons and possessions. With the help of the unconventional Castilian priest Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez), Sarchie battles to rid the city of paranormal influences.
Director Scott Derrickson has become somewhat of a veteran of demonic dramas with The Exocism of Emily Rose and Sinister under his belt already. Deliver Us From Evil does not stray too far from his tried and tested formula. But as the adage goes, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” and Derrickson masterfully creates a tense atmosphere with some genuinely unnerving supernatural scenes that will see your popcorn fly in the air as you jump and squeal in fright.
Review by Matt Blackwell
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