I don’t take spooky movies about supernatural things that go bump in the night at all seriously, at least not in the sense that they might portray anything actual, real or possible. As stories, parables, allegories or just shadowplays, then I can invest in them gladly.
Diector Scott Derickson may feel I’m doing him a discredit, however. I think some of the concepts and representations in his horror films are rather more real to him than they would ever be to me. Consider The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a film that could only really have been made by a director with faith.
Part way through this trailer for Deliver Us From Evil there’s a title card telling you that it has been:
inspired by the actual accounts of NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie
Well… that’s quite upsetting. I don’t like to think of some chap unnecessarily tortured by nightmarish beliefs.
I’ll give Deliver Us From Evil a shot, of course I will. It’s all make believe, of some degree of self awareness or another, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be creepy.
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