DELIVER US FROM EVIL Is an Intense Thriller with Atmospheric Moments – Review
It’s been an okay year for the horror genre so far, we had Oculus which was a decent horror movie. Now we have our next serving from the genre that finds it the most difficult to get it right. If we really think about it horror movies are always the hardest to get right, for every Cabin In The Woods there is ten Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Which brings me to the latest horror movie, Deliver Us From Evil. Will it be another Cabin In The Woods or will it add to the crap pile that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones has recently joined?
Deliver Us From Evil stars Eric Bana, Joel McHale and Olivia Munn in what I describe as a supernatural thriller. Ralph played by Eric Bana is a tough cop who has a loving wife and a great daughter. With his special “radar” he and his partner try to make their city better. Unfortunately that all changes after they take the call for a seemingly random event which will change their worlds forever. The major thing going into Deliver Us From Evil is to realise that it is only barely a horror. There are a lot of jump scares but after the first half hour there is nothing genuinely scary in Deliver Us From Evil. It is intense and the tension is well built, it is more an atmospheric story than anything else. Unlike most horrors I found that I actually cared about the characters instead of just fearing for what happens to them. It is definitely filled with the clichés of the horror genre like jump scares, a jaded cop who doesn’t believe in God and there one or two scenes which feel ripped from classic horror movies like The Exorcist. Not only that but there is the clichéd priest who is far too cool and attractive to be a priest.
Among some of the better aspects of Deliver Us From Evil come from the villain of the movie who is disturbing and very well designed as well Joel McHale’s character, Butler who is basically Jeff from Community if Jeff could totally kick ass. Then there is an intense exorcism scene towards the end of Deliver Us From Evil which is genuinely scary. The characters are really where the movie shines as well its interesting lore and level of gore doesn’t go too far to seem exploitive it’s just powerful enough to get the point across. What I thought was funny was, after I came out of Deliver Us From Evil I realised that the best way to describe Deliver Us From Evil is this, it is the horror version of Unbreakable. I honestly believed at any point in this movie Ralph(Erica Bana) could have become a superhero due to his “radar”. I don’t know if this is a pro or con but I thought it was an interesting aspect especially since the director, Scott Derrickson will be directing Doctor Strange.
Watching Deliver Us From Evil made me realise that Derrickson will be a decent director to helm the Doctor Strange movie.With a great cast, powerful intense action and a genuinely frightening villain Deliver Us From Evil is a great movie, maybe not a true horror but a great movie none the less.