Deliver Us from Evil
Release year: 2014
Director: Scott Derrickson
Screenwriter: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman, Ralph Sarchie (book), Lisa Collier Cool (book)
Starring: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson
While investigating a series of crimes New York polive officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) comes across unconventional priest Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez) who believes there are demonic forces invovled in the crimes. After incidents convince Sarchie that he may be right he join forces with the priest to fight evil.
Inspired by real life police officer Ralph Sarchie who quit his job to work with exorcism, Deliver Us from Evil is a chilling and dark horror thriller that is added a splash of suitable realism due to its reallife inspiration. The movie is dark and the characters are well-written leaving you truly caring for their well being as danger slowly but steadily creeps up on them. Bana (Troja, 2004) delivers a character that is tough yet obviously kindhearted and he work tremendously well both with police partner and later with his religious partner and makes a strong impression. Meanwhile McHale (The Informant!, 2009) is pure roguish charm and Ramírez (The Bourne Ultimatum, 2007) moody and spiritual as the priest. Together they chase after an evil in a battle that will keep you tense and occasionally send chills down your spine. Solid supernatural thriller.
The movie is filled with The Doors songs as well as references to The Doors. For example, when Sarchie and Mendoza are waiting in the car it says January 4th on the wall behind them, The Doors first album was released January 4th 1967.
Picture copyright: UIP
You can watch a video about the real Ralp Sarchie here: