Film review: Deliver us from evil

Based on the book Beware The Night by retired NYPD officer Ralph Sarchie, Deliver Us From Evil is a supernatural horror about ‘real-life’ encounters with the forces of darkness on the streets of New York.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 23rd August 2014, 10:00 am
Deliver Us From Evil
Deliver Us From Evil

Swathes of Scott Derrickson’s film are hard to swallow, especially scenes in the bedroom of Sarchie’s cherubic daughter, who becomes a target for malevolent retribution.

Director and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman treat the source material with utmost seriousness and expect us to do the same.

Derrickson engineers some mildly creepy shocks between set pieces, culminating in a camera-shaking showdown between good and evil that leaves many questions unanswered.

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Eric Bana is suitably gruff in a two-dimensional, largely unsympathetic role, but Sean Harris is genuinely unsettling as the possessed antagonist, whose presence lights the fuse on blood-spattered madness.

Thriller/Horror/Action/Romance. Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Horton, Olivia Munn, Lulu Wilson, Chris Coy. Director: Scott Derrickson.