Film review: Deliver us from evil

Deliver Us From Evil
Deliver Us From Evil
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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.

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.

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.