BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Deliver Us from Evil Reviews
By Dr. Know on July 2nd, 2014
“Deliver Us From Evil” expertly serves shivers, buckets of gore – and pretty much every cliché of the genre.
While the supernatural side of the film suffers a flaw or two … its central conflict works.
Too silly to be scary, and a bit too dull to be a midnight-movie guilty pleasure.
Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s “based on a true story” Deliver Us From Evil would’ve been better had it exorcized the cop movie cliches.
A genuinely creepy thriller that relies on its story rather than scary music to build suspense.
There are some pleasures to be had from immersing in the film’s slithering anxiety. But the story never scares up much originality.
It’s not [Joel McHale’s] fault he looks like he’s in an extended ‘Community’ parody, but he does.
Courtroom dramas and police procedurals are not normal settings for demons or exorcists, but Derrickson’s intriguing premise is that demons cannot be confined to where we expect to find them.
If this film documents startling events exactly as they happened, the “startling” part has been left out.
For those who like their supernaturally tinged movies to get under their skin and burrow into their psyche, this overwrought drama will feel far too derivative of similar past works. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
[W]hen a movie comes out riding the lift of “based on a true story” branding, yes, it matters.
Little more than an ugly collection of tropes stolen from “The Exorcist” and “Seven.”