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Deliver Us From Evil - Film Review

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published July 21st 2014
Police drama meets horror in this film
Ralph Sarchie is a NYPD cop who encounters a series of baffling but interlinked cases which appear to have some sort of supernatural element to them. He turns to a priest, Mendoza, for help, as they attempt to uncover the mysteries.

Based on the book Beware the Night, which details cases encountered by Ralph Sarchie before he retired from the NYPD to become a demonologist. The movie takes great liberties both with the real cases that he encountered and the character of Ralph Sarchie himself.

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The result is a competent movie that has plenty of scares leading up to the mildly disappointing conclusion. While somewhat cliched at times it generally make you believe in the reality of what you are seeing. Overall it is an original story built from standard horror elements.

There is perhaps too much blood and gore for the style of the movie which may take you away from the real story, where our main character Ralph Sarchie battles with his own internal demons while chasing apparent ones through Brooklyn. It is nice to see a horror movie that understands that we need to care about the characters involved with the horror.

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The performances are generally pretty good with a great supporting cast. Eric Bana provides an interesting performance as Ralph Sarchie. Though not brilliantly convincing as a Brooklyn/Italian cop, he instead invests a lot of himself in the role, making the performance very personal.

Eric Bana and Édgar Ramírez

Definitely worth seeing in the theatre, both to immerse yourself in the darkness of the film and because of the brilliant soundscape that underlies the movie.

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