Deliver Us From Evil Review
Okay, so I had read pretty much ZERO about Deliver Us From Evil before I went. I had no idea what the movie was even about.
I don’t know how much of the movie is spoiled when I state that it’s about an exorcism.
I should’ve guessed this I suppose when the title is “Deliver Us From Evil” (duh, Asher). So, before this movie I saw The Haunting, which was also about an exorcism. Oculus was in between there, and at least it wasn’t an exorcism. I saw that one movie that was like a remake of Rosemary’s Baby. You could say she was possessed, although also giving birth to a Satan.
What’s up with the exorcisms? I mean, are these really that scary once you get past Exorcist, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose (same guy as this one by the way)? So you get a guy in a chair bolted down, the chair levitates, the walls shake, the lights go out. Projectile vomit sometimes gets involved. There’s the scary voice that comes out of extraordinary people (like five year olds), and of course the sickly death-like appearance. What is up with that?
The scariest part of the movie I think was when stuff was moving on its own briefly. That’s creepy, and actually gave a nice move up to the next shot. Of course, I was a little creeped out by the stuff moving by itself in Nanny McPhee, and don’t even get me started on The Brave Little Toaster. So I suppose there’s a little bias.
Call me stale, but exorcisms don’t really bring a lot more to the table, especially ones written like an action movie. The detective work performed by the lead character is… astonishing. By the time he figures anything out you’ve already figured it out thirty minutes ago. And the jesuit priest? Was this an evangelical movie, I’m not sure. When they perform their exorcisms they pose like spiritual super heroes.
I’m not a good judge of acting unless it’s obviously bad, so I don’t really touch on that.
But come on, at one point in the movie the evil is located in a completely random place (a foreign family’s basement) where one character compels another to kill himself, why? What is the motive? Just like the priest says, if I shall paraphrase, “Evil does not need a reason, it just works its atrocities in mysterious ways.” So pretty much if it sounds kinda creepy, then by all means do it, fuck narrative sense! I dislike horror movies like these. There’s this strange idea that if you throw allegedly random disturbing images at people they’re supposed to get scared. At another point, the dead man’s apartment is investigated and it looks like the insides are destroyed months ago, but the events happened in a matter of a week. It doesn’t make any sense!
So, I was a little disappointed with Deliver Us From Evil… a bit of a waste of $20. I think I’ll have a much better time with How To Train Your Dragon 2 at the Cinema Saver.
By the way, Howard the Duck is the most amazing, awesome, incredible movie of all time.
This review is part of a list of Movies Asher’s Seen
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