For example, his fairly fun new picture Sinister features an evil demon and, according to writer C. Robert Cargill speaking at Frightfest, Derickson took great pains ensure there was nothing “authentic” about the demon or any of the occult lore in the movie because he didn’t want to “invite” an actual “presence” into the film.
More obviously, there was also The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which toyed with, then discounted, rational explanations for the central possession.
And now he’s signed on for Beware the Night.
The Wrap describe it like this:
The story is set in a paranormal world and follows a New York police officer investigating real life demon possessions, exorcisms and werewolves after dark.
Derrickson would possibly argue that we live in a paranormal world. Or maybe he wouldn’t use that word.
Mark Wahlberg has apparently already passed on the lead role. I don’t know who the next in the Mark Wahlberg line is, but I guess we’re going to find out. I’m pretty sure it won’t be Donnie Wahlberg, mind…
Derrickson is a co-writer on Atom Egoyan’s upcoming Devil’s Knot, a fictional account of the case of the West Memphis Three. During that case, the prosecution tried to frame the murders as part of a satanic ritual. It’s a fascinating, tragic story and I’d recommend checking out the Paradise Lost documentaries for a grounding in it.