Hi everyone, Bryan Here…
We’re in the middle of the big summer movie blockbuster season and Screen Gems has released a new horror film for the July 4th weekend, hoping that the big horror crowds that usually show up at the start of the year or around Halloween will take a break from the BBQ’s and hit up this demonic possession film ‘Deliver Us From Evil‘. It’s got a good premise and the trailers have been quite promising. Even the main story line about a NY detective investigating some really creepy stuff has its merits. But although ‘Deliver Us From Evil‘ has some creepy moments and a surprisingly good exorcism scene, its bad dialogue, story telling, and acting make this possession movie less than stellar and not the horror movie you were hoping for.
And the banter between Sarchie and Butler was so monotone and awful, that I feel like it was written by a 5th grader. And I won’t get into the awful writing for the only african american in the film who is a fellow police detective whose only lines during the exorcism are “Oh my fuck” and “What the Fuck?” Needless to say, the filmmakers didn’t give any thought to that character let alone any of the other ones. The only shining actor here Sean Harris, who plays Santino, the possessed guy who is making it accessible for other demons to possess others. His creepiness is amazing and his exorcism scene is quite terrifying. If you’re a fan of horror and the possession genre, you might find a couple of things you like here, but it’s best you wait for home video for this one.
2 out of 5 Stars
– Bryan Kluger