Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

SCOTT DERRICKSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5

USA, 2014Screen Gems, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, LStar Capital.  Screenplay by Scott Derrickson, , based on the book by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

New York City police officer Ralph Sarchie spends his days and nights dealing with the worst that humanity has to offer, which makes him not so pleasant for his wife and daughter to deal with in his free time.  Things don’t improve when cases he is looking into start taking on a diabolical tinge, an abusive husband getting red-eyed and fangy when pulled off his battered wife, a woman who threw her child into the lion pavilion at the zoo going Linda Blair in the insane asylum she ends up in, and an evil-eyed house painter staring intensely at innocent people and making them do bad things.  Investigating the connections between these strange events leads to soldiers who were exposed to something evil during their tour in Iraq (which in this movie is not a dubious government’s foreign policy but something from the supernatural world), and Sarchie (played with devoted tough tawk by ) brings it into his home when his daughter starts to hear noises all night that keep her awake.  Nuisance is pretty much all that ever happens in this dim-witted film that, like most movies about ghosts and poltergeists, gives you two hours of trembling chairs and slamming doors and passes it off as entertainment.  Mixing it with elements reminiscent of The Exorcist only highlights the shallow characterizations and set pieces that build up to little payoff, while a subplot involving a wayward priest played badly by is meant to be a touch of complex humanity but is just pompous and stupid, as is the entire film.

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