Screenwriter: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman
Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale
MPAA Rating: R (bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language)
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.
When it comes to films dealing with possession, exorcisms and exorcists, The Exorcist is generally the go-to title simply because, well, it’s a masterful piece of cinema and, let’s be honest here, exorcism films that pulse with evil, question your faith and scare the hell out of you are few and far between. With Deliver Us from Evil, Scott Derrickson’ latest film, making its DVD, Blu-ray and VOD debut on October 28th, I thought I would call on a few friends to participate in a Choice Cuts group discussion.
Joining me for a conversation that focuses on recommended exorcism movies that are NOT The Exorcist, I snagged Jen and Sylvia Soskas (aka “the Twisted Twins”) and Crave Online’s William Bibbiani.
Things were looking slightly better at the box office this weekend with a return to the blockbuster sequels that tend to be reliable moneymakers. That was certainly the case with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox), directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and more,…
Deliver Us from Evil opened at the start of the 4th of July holiday weekend. To date, it has grossed $15 million since opening Wednesday, July 2nd, but box office analysts are focusing their targets on the film’s $9.5 million weekend gross and taking fire. Understandable. That’s a pretty weak weekend performance. It was up against the new comedy Tammy and holdovers likes Transformers, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon. If you recall, Deliver Us from Evil was pushed up from its original 2015 release date because Sony was so confident in the film that it thought Deliver could earn some big bucks akin to The Conjuring’s mid-summer success last year.
Regardless of the quality of Deliver Us from Evil, I honestly think the film would have had a tough go of it at the box office because, more or less…audiences are getting supernatural fatigue.
This week, Scott Derrickson, the director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister treads supernatural waters yet again in Deliver Us from Evil, the thriller opening this week that merges the police procedural genre with the supernatural. Shock caught up to Derrickson this week – who called in from the Marvel offices where he was at work on Doctor Strange – for our second chat (following the one we had at WonderCon) about the film and his upcoming project based on The Outer Limits episode, Demons With a Glass Hand.
Supernatural thrillers about demonic possession and exorcisms have become all the rage in recent years and no one knows that better than filmmaker Scott Derrickson and his writing partner Paul Boardman, whose early feature film The Exorcism of Emily Rose may have helped to start the wave. Now, they’re back in familiar territory with Deliver Us from Evil – another horror film based on true events, this one about a case of the supernatural that disrupts the rarely mundane world of a Bronx detective.
This week sees the release of the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. I caught up to the cast a few months back at WonderCon where they gave me a preview of what was to come.
This month, I reunited with Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Joel McHale to go a bit deeper into the making of the film and get some more insight into their characters. Bana and Ramirez were pretty straight-laced, however, McHale was the wild card, still, I think we got some great stuff out of the three of them.
Olivia Munn sat down with me recently to – at first – talk about her role in Deliver Us from Evil, the supernatural thriller opening in theaters July 2nd. But, we went off on a few tangents, as you’ll see and we talked about her first role in a horror movie: Insanitarium, which Munn was more than willing to recreate for Shock.
That mini-doc/featurette about Ralph Sarchie, the cop whose book inspired the upcoming Deliver Us from Evil, has made its debut today. Watch it via the player here.
Cameras will follow Sarchie to investigate the site of a purported paranormal infestation, interview NYPD cops who served with Sarchie, talk to an ex-prison warden who currently works as Sarchie’s partner, and reveal Sarchie’s private life through interviews with his mother, sister, and daughter.