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Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

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New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

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Scott Derrickson

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Scott Derrickson (screenplay), Paul Harris Boardman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bana ... Sarchie
Edgar Ramírez ... Mendoza
Olivia Munn ... Jen
Chris Coy ... Jimmy
Dorian Missick ... Gordon
Sean Harris ... Santino
Joel McHale ... Butler
Mike Houston ... Nadler
Lulu Wilson ... Christina
Olivia Horton ... Jane
Scott Johnsen Scott Johnsen ... Lt. Griggs
Daniel Sauli ... Salvatore
Antoinette LaVecchia ... Serafina
Aidan Gemme Aidan Gemme ... Mario
Jenna Gavigan ... Lucinda
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Storyline

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. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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You haven't seen true evil


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Rated R for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin | Italian

Release Date:

2 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beware the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,740,471, 4 July 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,577,122

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,937,815
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2.39 : 1
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Mark Wahlberg was offered the lead role but he declined. Eric Bana was later cast. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 2013 in New York (mostly the Bronx). In one scene Mendoza is smoking a cigarette in the FDNY Bar. New York passed a clean air act that eliminated smoking in all bars in 2003. While a few establishments may turn a blind eye - it is highly unlikely a bar that caters to police and fire fighters would. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mendoza: Ralph Sarchie, do you renounce Satan and all of his works?
Sarchie: I do renounce him. All his works, and all his ways. I renounce all evil.
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Referenced in On Cinema: 'Deliver Us from Evil' and 'Tammy' (2014) See more »

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Stained Pipes
Written by Simon Heath
Performed by Atrium Carceri
Courtesy of Cryo Chamber
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Deliver Us From Evil is mediocre, but passable, horror film
12 September 2014 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Last year, I read an interview to Ralph Sarchie, a retired policeman who co-wrote the book Beware the Night (along with Lisa Collier), about the paranormal occurrences he found during his career in New York. The anecdotes he told in that interview were truly terrifying, and elevated my expectations for the film Deliver Us From Evil, "inspired" on Sarchie's experiences. However, the film took a simpler and safer road, and the result is mediocre, but passable. As an important part from its screenplay, Deliver Us From Evil borrows many concepts and situations from other films, either as a "tribute" or as a tool for establishing the atmosphere and tone from the scenes (some examples: policeman with family difficulties; rebel priest with a tortuous past; a main character who has lost the faith; and a prologue set in the Middle East, in the purest style of The Exorcist). The actors make a competent work, highlighting Eric Bana, Joel McHale and Olivia Munn. However, Deliver Us From Evil isn't very satisfactory as a horror film. Its rhythm is occasionally a bit dull, the screenplay makes too many unnecessary turns, and the demonic possession scenes aren't very frightening. I appreciate the fact that Deliver Us From Evil attempted to modify its particular cinematographic recipe, placing the characters' humanity above cheap scares and stylistic tricks (even though it contains various examples of both); but at the same time, I feel that it distanced itself too much from the roots of the horror genre, and tried to compensate it with an abundance of clichés which end up diluting its identity. Nevertheless, I can give a slight recommendation to Deliver Us From Evil, mainly because it generally kept me moderately entertained.


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