Deliver Us from Evil

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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.



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In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie's bone-chilling real-life cases. (c) Screen Gems

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  • 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.

    Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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  • An impressively staged climactic exorcism compensates in part for the random, far-fetched storytelling that precedes it.

    Aug 19, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • These wellworn devices might have been more effective had Derrickson managed to link them to a compelling central idea.

    Jul 23, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If you didn't know that Jerry Bruckheimer produced this movie, the boot prints on your eardrums would've clued you in.

    Jul 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, Paul Harris Boardman, deliver a routine procedural with unremarkable frights.

    Jul 7, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Scott Derrickson demonstrates a knack for atmosphere but little sense of pacing; some sequences are effectively spooky (particularly one set at the Bronx Zoo), though just as many feel uninspired.

    Jul 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deliver Us from Evil

Run of the mill exorcist/possession horror movie.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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The background music is terrible, and the story fails to hold attention.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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I'd rather watch the exorcism.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Although resorting a bit too much to cheap scares created by thunderous chords, this is a very efficient and creepy-as-hell horror movie (inspired by allegedly real events) that uses a great sound design and an exemplary, nasty production design to take us inside an extremely eerie atmosphere.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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