Deliver Us From Evil (2014) Real life NYPD cop-turned-demonologist, Ralph Sarchie, wrote a book about his exploits, and this is the adaptation. Eric Bana from the crappy Hulk movie plays the cop, and the Soup’s own Joel McHale plays his wise-cracking, knife-wielding partner. That took a minute to get used to. Sarchie connects a few domestic violence cases together and traces it back to a trio of Iraqi War vets, one of whom seems to have a brought a demonic possession back with him from his tour. An unconventional priest lends and unwanted hand at first; Sarchie is a non-believer; but the more he sees the more he realizes that supernatural forces are at work, and it’s not too long before his wife (Olivia Munn) and daughter find themselves in danger as well. The cop and priest eventually team up for the ultimate showdown with evil! Lots and lots of Doors songs (including X’s cover of “Soul Kitchen”), and references to Jim Morrison lyrics. I thought it had some genuinely creepy moments, and is worth a watch for fans of possession flicks. Director Scott Derrickson had some previous experience in the sub-genre with 2006’s Exorcism of Emily Rose, which was not bad itself, although I feel compelled to mention that he also did the ridiculous Day the Earth Stood Still remake.
There have been a lot of movies called Deliver Us From Evil, and this one is the latest. For absolutely no reason, I’d like to mention a dynamite French flick from 1971 called Don’t Deliver Us From Evil, which was based on the same events that Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures was. Check it!