Deliver Us From Evil Friday, 03 April 2020

Deliver Us From Evil

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong horror themes and bloody violence.

  • The pitch:

    People are strange.

  • Starring:

    Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Sean Harris, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Dorian Missick, Chris Coy, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson, Olivia Horton

  • Directed by:

    Scott Derrickson

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, stabbed, punched, wrestled, pursued, hit with objects, near-choked, bitten, beaten to death, thrown to their death, attacked, grabbed, eaten, throat-grabbed, kidnapped, kneed, slammed against a wall, straight-jacketed, bound, pistol-whipped. People fall downstairs, kill their own child, murder a child (implied), jump through a window. Eviscerated/crucified animal seen, mouse caught in trap, cockroach squished, animal attacks. Domestic violence implied. Child molestation, murdered children, suicide discussed. Explosions, grenades, soldiers. Iraq War setting. Screaming, yelling, roaring, hissing. Paedophiles, home invasion, murder, rape mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (baby, child, adults, animal; twisted, dumped, rotting), skulls. Dismemberment, flesh-eating. Bruising, bleeding, red eyeballs, bandages. Bloody cuts, grazes, wounds, fingernails, faces, clothing. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (dead baby). Pictures of teeth, swallowing/spitting out flesh.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting. Skimpy clothing, shirtless men, woman in underclothes (sheer t-shirt), cleavage. Possible naked male and female (genitals obscured). Couple in bed (sex implied). Hookers, porn site, celibacy, sex, pregnancy, abortion mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking. Drugs, drug problem, speedball, needles, heroin, meth head mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Ralph Sarchie, demonic possession, evil spirits, exorcism, police investigation, New York cops, PTSD, The Doors, filicide, child molestation, addiction, cannibalism, prayer, guilt, forgiveness, confession, baptism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father, pregnancy, cancer mentioned. Clown. Tarantulas, snakes, bats, cat, dog, hyena, wolves, lion, owls, alligator, tiger, monkeys, flies, cockroaches, fish. Underground bunker, bar, Iraq War, zoo, asylum settings. Saliva, drool, power blackouts, flickering lights, objects moving on their own. High aerial cinematography, mild strobe lighting. Some Spanish and Latin (partly subtitled). Inspired by a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Creepy, taut, credible, thrilling, tense, effective, absorbing, bloody, compelling, dark, fast-moving, energetic, amusing, fun. Terrific performances, great cast, well-developed characters, unusual iconography, affecting chemistry between leads, spooky atmospherics, winding tale, riveting at times, mesmerising exorcism sequence, menacing mood, maintains interest.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, formulaic, rote, overlong. Uses standard horror cliches and tropes, weak female characters, bad accents, overbearing score, murky photography, lazy gags.

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