Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil definitely looks like a movie to watch for.
Lately everything seems so massive that every once in awhile I really welcome something on a smaller scale (though not too small. Oculus was entertaining, but almost intimate. And don’t get me wrong, I am not critizing spectacle, after all it’s a golden age for fans of superheros (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and kaiju (Godzilla and prior to that, Pacific Rim) but if your interests run in the direction of horror, pickings are slim.
Derrickson has a good track record when it comes to horror, his Sinister was way better than it had any right to be, and his entry in the Hellraiser franchise was pretty inventive.
From what I can pick up from the trailer Deliver Us From Evil appears to play a bit like Gregory Hoblit’s Fallen, when Denzel Washington played a cop trying to stop an demonic entity that possessed the ability to hop from body to body via touch. Though in this case the demonic seems to work along the lines of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, and only a detective, Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) and a mysterious priest, Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez) have a clue to what’s going on, as well as the knowledge to stop it.
Sounds like good times to me.
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