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Proclaiming your newest horror movie is based on true life events isn't anything new for movie studios, to my mind it reaches back to 1979's The Amityville Horror, but with the recent run of 'based on real life events' horror movies, including The Conjuring and The Quiet Ones, I for one am getting sick of getting hit over the head with this trend. The latest movie to proudly proclaim the spooky goings on you see are rooted in the real life is Deliver Us From Evil, based on New York police officer Ralph Sarchie's (played here by Eric Bana) account of a case where he came face to face with demonic possession. Coming from director Scott Derrickson, who brought us the similary 'based on a true story' The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister (one of the finest horror movies in recent memory in my opinion), Deliver Us From Evil »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Currently on the set of Sinister 2, before he heads off to direct Marvel's Doctor Strange (and you won't be surprised to hear that's a movie that we couldn't explore in this interview), he spared us time for a chat about what he's done, and what he's up to. Without further ado...
Welcome to the world of international staggered release dates! We get Deliver Us From Evil this week in the UK, whereas it had a July 4th weekend release in the Us. It seems to me that it's a more natural fit over here than there.
How much control »
Lionsgate has released the new trailer for Christian E. Christiansen’s The Devil’s Hand. The film tells the story of an Amish community, New Bethlehem, which fears the potential that every girl may become possessed by the Devil on their eighteenth birthday. Several girls born on the same day are about to turn eighteen on the same day, June 6th, and of course people jump to the conclusion that they are Satan’s children. The film looks like a mix of M. Night Shyamalan’s awful The Villiage, Ken Russell’s incredible classic The Devils, Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, with a few other paranormal horror films sprinkled throughout. Hopefully The Devil’s Hand doesn’t turn out as bad as The Village, but we don’t have to wait long to find out since the film will be released on October 10th. The film stars Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, »
- Max Molinaro
After Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, director Scott Derrickson returns to tingle more spines with this supernatural chiller based on the accounts of New York cop-turned-occultist Ralph Sarchie. Eric Bana plays the streetwise officer who is forced to put skepticism aside after making an unholy connection between a series of disturbing calls. Unable to explain what he's seeing, Sarchie hooks up with a young priest (Edgar Ramirez) who convinces him that the offenders are merely the vessels of darker forces »
It’s another film involving an exorcism; something that writer-director Scott Derrickson is passionate about, having penned and directed none other than The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and the relatively comparable horror Sinister. The problem with dealing with the same supernatural subject matter, is Derrickson gets compared with his last demon-exercising flick, creating a rod for his back in having to up his game. Sadly, it’s not enough in this day and age to throw out the usual moniker “based on a true story” because it currently feels like every scary movie is. However, Derrickson has tried something a little different by blending the cop and horror genres and positioned the ever solid Eric Bana as the lead.
Based on real-life cop/occult investigator Ralph Sarchie’s accounts, Bana is Sarchie, the NYPD cop, too. Things get a whole lot sinister for father-of-one Sarchie after a dead baby is »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
Sinister 2 is underway and will start filming next week in Chicago with Shannyn Sossamon as the film’s new lead. Also, in a bit of good news for fans of the original film, James Ransone is returning as “Deputy So and So.” Maybe we’ll even learn his name this time (or maybe not, I have a theory that they will find a clever way to hold back). While original director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) isn’t returning behind the camera, he did team with C. Robert Cargill (who also worked on the original film) to pen the script and will of course produce the movie alongside Jason Blum. As far as a helmer is concerned, they’re entrusting the reins on this on to Ciaran Foy, who directed the excellent Citadel (definitely check it out if you haven’t seen it »
- Evan Dickson
"The crazy 'acid trip' way of traveling through dimensions and traveling through realms, is something that we think is very, very cool..." said Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, about the developing "Doctor Strange" 3D multi-million dollar budgeted motion picture, paving the way for the next phase of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'.
"(Strange) is a classic Marvel origin story, because he’s got one of the best origins ever, and it’s our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural.
"Now what is the definition of ‘supernatural’? It varies...based in physics and based in quantum mechanics...an explanation of how sorcerers do what they do..."
"I wanted it really bad," said Derrickson. "More than any other project that I've gone after, I felt compelled to do everything »
- Michael Stevens
Last time Joaquin Phoenix found his name mentioned with regard to a superhero movie it was rumors he'd be playing Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a role that eventually went to Jesse Eisenberg. Now his name is back in the trades in connection to Marvel's Doctor Strange, which is to be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The news comes from The Wrap where it's said Phoenix's name is "mentioned most often" for the role and "is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie." Adding to the rumor, The Playlist notes tweets in which Phoenix was apparently seen in Connecticut in comic book stores purchasing "Doctor Strange" comics. https://twitter.com/KevinInChains/statuses/490269444568928257 https://twitter.com/TonytheNunes/statuses/491959469652582400 Meanwhile, if you thought Benedict Cumberbatch was the one taking the role, he recently told MTV it just wouldn't work. "As far as I'm aware, »
- Brad Brevet
Sinister 2 is just over a year away. Focus Features announced today that the horror sequel will land in wide release on August 21st, 2015. While original director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) isn’t returning behind the camera, he did team with C. Robert Cargill (who also worked on the original film) to pen the script and will of course produce the movie alongside Jason Blum. If you saw Sinister you can probably guess why there aren’t any announcements about Ethan Hawke coming back. I really liked the first film’s use of imagery and I think the general mood of the piece was its most successful element. So I’m glad that they’re entrusting the reins on this on to Ciaran Foy, who directed the excellent Citadel (seriously, seek that one out if you haven’t seen it already). Hit the »
- Evan Dickson
Exorcism is a bizarre and unsettling thing. Filmmaker Scott Derrickson certainly understands that, which is why he keeps making movies about demonic possession. His newest, Deliver Us from Evil, isn’t exactly getting the best critical reception. Granted, neither did The Exorcism of Emily Rose and that movie remains a hoot to re-watch. Regardless of quality, exorcism and Catholic-inflected horror has its own inherent draw. The images are often compelling by their very nature, particularly if they’re composed well. This isn’t a cultural subgenre simply because The Exorcist made such an impression on its own back in 1973, though that obviously helped. With all of that said, you may not want to risk Deliver Us from Evil even if you are, like me, something of a nut for profane and terrifying Catholic imagery. I have an alternative for you. Stay home and watch some Blue Exorcist, a Japanese animated series currently available to stream for free »
- Daniel Walber
Fans of "Community" and "The Soup" might be surprised when they see the Joel McHale that’s appearing in the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil when it debuts this week in theaters everywhere...
Light of the usual trademark levity McHale has perfected, his character, Butler, is a physically intimidating cop with a penchant for daggers.
Standing in the pouring rain after a scene where McHale was chasing someone (or something) through the weathered streets of the South Bronx, Joel’s sense of humor suddenly came roaring back, even though the surprisingly tall comedian still towered over us as we started the interview in between takes.
Joel McHale: Hello, nerds.
Dread Central: What led you to take your first role in a horror film?
Jm: It’s my fourth.
Jm: Nah, I can’t remember. What made me want to take it? Because it’s an incredible »
- Drew Tinnin
June ended with a blockbuster that encapsulated everything wrong with most summer movies. Bloated, thin, self-indulgent, mean-spirited, and incomprehensible are a few ways to describe Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction. It’s not the worst film of the series, but it’ll definitely go down as one of the worst films of the summer. Still, audiences love Bay’s brand and the film made more money domestically in its opening weekend than Edge of Tomorrow has thus far stateside, which is just heartbreaking. Thankfully, we have summer movies like Edge of Tomorrow and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to remind us not all blockbusters are run-of-the-mill studio products. Besides Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or another viewing of Edge of Tomorrow there’s plenty of other movies to check out this month. Here are the must see movies of July 2014: Deliver Us from Evil Now in theaters Director Scott Derrickson is »
- Jack Giroux
Scott Derrickson, as evidenced by this interview, is one of the most thoughtful, sure-handed American directors the genre has working in the field today. If you’re not convinced of that after Sinister alone, then Deliver Us From Evil just might make you a believer.
Inspired by the true events of officer Ralph Sarchie and his dealings with the occult and assistance with actual exorcisms in some of the darkest corners of New York City, Derrickson and company will do their worst in trying to convince us that these occurrences are based in fact.
In doing so, Derrickson will also probably wind up scaring the crap out of you.
When we spoke to Derrickson on set in the South Bronx back in July of 2013, his usual soft, inviting demeanor was still on full display even though he was neck deep in the minute-to-minute stress of shooting a nuanced film that »
- Drew Tinnin
Any film centered on demonology has an inherent responsibility for success: to make you, the jaded viewer, believe… or at least, to convince you to suspend your disbelief for just a few hours. Whether or not the film’s protagonist(s) are able to do so or not is dependent. In many, like director Scott Derrickson‘s own The Exorcism of Emily Rose, our main character is convinced of the Satanism at hand, desperately trying to get others to listen, while in others, like The Last Exorcism, our lead is one of the last to be convinced of the Devil’s works. Derrickson’s latest, Deliver Us From Evil, is one of the latter tales, in which our hero is slowly pushed to believe, bringing the audience along with him. Ralph Sarchie (played here by Eric Bana) in real-life is a retired NYPD detective, and it’s his memoir upon which this film is based. Bana »
- Emily Estep
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.
- Ryan Turek
Over the past few years Scott Derrickson has become one of the most exciting names in horror. In The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, he brought a religious-themed thriller to a new level of class. As well, he created seriously scary suspense in the 2012 hit Sinister. Recently he tackled another based on a true story supernatural thriller with Deliver Us From Evil. This tale of a NY police officer who came face to face with scary demonic energy is perfect material for the writer-director. Recently »
With Deliver Us From Evil now in theaters, I recently had the opportunity to interview director Scott Derrickson. We started by talking about him working on Deliver Us From Evil’s script back in 2004 and I learned about his reasons for casting Eric Bana, shooting in the Bronx, the real Ralph Sarchie, and his interest in a sequel. Derrickson also has a number of projects coming up, so I got a status update on Sinister 2 and asked him about taking on Doctor Strange:
Scott Derrickson: The book is what started the whole process and Jerry Bruckheimer optioned the rights. He was looking for someone to adapt the book and I was hired back in 2004 to write the first draft of the script. »
- Jonathan James
It's shaping up to be an unusually quiet Fourth of July at the box office: Transformers: Age of Extinction should easily hold first place over the holiday weekend ahead of newcomers Tammy, Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo.The fourth installment in the Transformers franchise opened just over $100 million this past weekend. That's the fourth movie this Summer to debut north of $90 million (a new record). The other three all dropped at least 61 percent in their second frame; meanwhile, 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen received similarly poor reviews and fell 61 percent over the Fourth of July weekend. It's likely that Age of Extinction winds up in the same range, which would put it just below $40 million.Tammy is the only movie with any chance of taking first place from Transformers. Opening at 3,465 locations on Wednesday, the Melissa McCarthy comedy could theoretically earn over $30 million this weekend.McCarthy »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chicago – “Deliver Us from Evil” is director Scott Derrickson’s second foray into possession horror. His first, the excellent “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” was taut, thoughtful and offered some truly unsettling demon scares.
..it still ranks as one of the most important and best of the new crop of possession/devil films it helped kickstart into being with their box office numbers. Like Emily Rose this film is very loosely based on actual accounts. In this case, the accounts of retired policeman Ralph Sarchie who left the NYPD to become a demonologist eventually writing the book from which the film gets its title.
Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is a cop clearly troubled by his job. Witness to the worst society has to offer, and beginning to bend under the psychic weight, he gets by on his wits, occasionally following up on hunches that put him in the crosshairs. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This week marks the theatrical release of Deliver Us from Evil, the latest horror film from Sinister director Scott Derrickson. Based on true events, the film follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), who begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.
He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Before you head to your local theater to be spooked by this summer’s most anticipated horror film, we thought it only fitting that we first prime you up with a look at 10 real-life stories of demonic possession, which prove that the real world is a whole lot more horrifying than anything that we’ve ever been witness to on the big screen.
So proceed with caution because the shit you’re about to read is as nightmare-inducing as it gets! »
- John Squires
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