Deliver Us from Evil
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
2014, Horror, 1h 57m
AUDIENCE SCORE25,000+ Ratings
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Director Scott Derrickson continues to have a reliably firm grasp on creepy atmosphere, but Deliver Us from Evil‘s lack of original scares is reflected in its shopworn title. Read critic reviews
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It’s hard not to want to avert your eyes and that makes up, marginally, for the otherwise clichéd screenplay.
This is a smart blend of cop drama, thriller and paranormal elements.
The director Scott Derrickson seems uncertain as to whether he is making an exploitation pic intended to give audiences a few fairground-style thrills and frights, or a William Friedkin-style meditation on the nature of evil.
Those possessed people were so really brave, having to listen to all that Jim Morrison. The awful rhymes. The wretched allusions. The horror, the horror.
My faith, tested by use of the Doors as a Satanic conduit, vanished for ever the instant a possessed piano bashed out Pop Goes the Weasel.
With its Stygian production design and Bovril-on-the-lens aesthetic, the film works so hard to make an ordinary Bronx day feel like hell, you’ll wonder what’s left for the afterlife.
One man’s “Putting the Hell in the movie-going experience” is, well, another man’s slightly different same.
Combining things that go bump in the night with graphic gore, it’s a brooding if not exactly riveting ride soundtracked by The Doors as the spirits try to ‘Break On Through’.
The thing that really sinks the movie’s momentum aren’t the stock characters or lack of new thrills but the exposition scenes that explain the obvious.
It has some nice qualities and a pretty good climactic scene, but the use of well-known formulas and an uneven tone prevents it from being anything more than just … what it is.
Powerful is an understatement. Deliver Us from Evil is a fully sensory and terrifying experience capped off with a spellbinding performance by Edgar Ramirez.
[Director Scott Derrickson] arrives well-equipped with an intuitive sense of genre-specific trickery, yet this heavily derivative psychological horror ultimately fails to add depth and character to a disappointing mélange of predictable jumps and scares.
AUDIENCE REVIEWS FOR DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Jun 04, 2017I had put this film off for a long time and I must admit it should’ve stayed on the shelf. Eric Bana trounces over dead dialogue at every corner and a partner dies without a second mention. This is a bad film, not horrendously terrible film, just bad. The concept seemed interesting and now I seen the reviews I can’t believe I never checked out RT beforehand. The real shock is the director involved did Doctor Strange and this film feels like Michael Bay, how marvel selected him after this film is amazing. This was a lazy horror film that gave no merit to supporting characters and the messy concept proves erratic. I was bored once we hit the detectives, the only interesting section was the opening prologue. Uninspired filmmaking and a somewhat career blow for Bana. 04-06-2017.Brendan NSUPER REVIEWER
Nov 14, 2014Run of the mill exorcist/possession horror movie.Wildaly MSUPER REVIEWER
Nov 03, 2014Not as scary as the Conjuring but some decent jump out of your seat moments but you have to suspend your belief to completely buy into this supposed true story. Bana and Ramiirez are good and it s perfect for Halloween! 10-27-2014Christopher OSUPER REVIEWER
Oct 31, 2014The background music is terrible, and the story fails to hold attention.familiar sSUPER REVIEWER
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