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Deliver Us from Evil’s filmmaker Scott Derrickson might be best-known nowadays for directing Doctor Strange (2016) but horror aficionados would have been acquainted with his equally visually mesmerizing works such as the low-budget Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) and high-budget Deliver Us from Evil (2014) – the movie we shall be looking at today.
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Deliver Us from Evil is a near-identical representation of Derrickson’s direct-to-DVD breakthrough Hellraiser V: Inferno. In that feature, a detective powerfully played by Craig Sheffer, spoils himself in a shameful noir world. His endeavors to discover reclamation make significant progress past the point of no return, and his nerve-wracking internal excursion makes him go all the way.
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Here, Eric Bana (Hulk) plays a regular detective who is overpowered by the detestations he faces every day. Basically, a sort of anti-hero, he therefore hides a frightening mystery, having once pounded the life out of a killer. He should confront his past, and mend himself, before he is prepared to handle the karmic powers of wickedness.
Deliver Us from Evil is clearly set as indirect homage to the War on Terror, as it includes an American (skeptic who ends up accepting Christian virtues to handle evil imported from Iraq). Consequently, it may not be as intriguing especially in comparison to Inferno which delivered more than Deliver Us from Evil at a lower production cost.
Anyway, it is a minor departure from subjects that fixate Derrickson, who utilizes a redundancy of pictures and themes to inspire his thoughts outwardly, and is a profoundly refined and frightening piece of filmmaking. Likewise, it is highly condemning of its hero, who puts his family in danger by ignoring them, repeating Ethan Hawke’s persona in Sinister (2012), which is Derrickson’s best known film outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Overall, Deliver Us from Evil is one of those critically-panned horror films which actually turns out to be good. You don’t find many of those nowadays especially with the way the majority of streaming services are churning out horror flicks like fast food. No wonder there are so many popcorn movies out there ready to be consumed.
The Rating: 4 out of 5