5 Reasons Why DELIVER US FROM EVIL Could Be The Surprise Hit Of The Summer

     June 30, 2014


Deliver Us from Evil, a new supernatural thriller from director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), will hit theaters on July 2.  It has a fantastic cast (Eric BanaOlivia MunnÉdgar Ramírez, Joel McHale and Sean Harris), a great premise and we wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be a crowd pleaser in the same vein as last year’s The Conjuring.

In the film, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”  Hit the jump to find out why we think it might be this summer’s surprise hit.

5: Jerry Bruckheimer

deliver-us-from-evil-posterLegendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been working on getting this film, an adaptation of real-life NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie’s book Beware The Night, onscreen for over a decade. Not only does Bruckheimer have an incredible track record for runaway box office success stories, he’s also known for fostering quality, critically acclaimed movies and working with auteurs like Ridley Scott. If Deliver Us From Evil is a successful marriage of those two aesthetics, it could keep audiences coming back for more as they long for a more thoughtful respite from the summer blockbuster onslaught. He’s also a powerful enough producer to protect the vision of a director like Scott Derrickson against traditional executive notes.

4: Scott Derrickson

Not only is Scott Derrickson a talented writer and director, he’s partially responsible for the wave of supernatural horror that has been connecting with audiences consistently for almost a decade. He gave us The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005, which was not only creepy as hell, but introduced the image of the limber limbed possession into our cultural vernacular. Derrickson is also responsible for 2012’s Sinister, one of the very few mainstream movies with imagery so creepy it kept us up at night. After honing his skills on films like these, the newly crowned director of the upcoming Doctor Strange is ready to deliver his horror masterpiece.

3: The Supernatural

While all sub-genres of horror connect intermittently with audiences, none of them have the current hold on our consciousness that supernatural horror does. Slashers come and go, but the fear of the unknown is remarkably persistent. Probably because these films engage with the spiritual questions we deal with in daily life as well as our fear of death and our collective uncertainty about the hereafter. Also, the thought of a demon or spirit invading your body is never less than unsettling.

2: The Cast

deliver-us-from-evil-eric-banaWhile Deliver Us From Evil boasts an impressive array of talent. Eric Bana is heavily charismatic and is just coming off the successful and intense Lone Survivor. He’ll also benefit from the real-life Ralph Sarchie, who was onset to oversee his performance and police procedure. Olivia Munn is rising fast thanks to “The Newsroom” and audiences will be curious to see the sardonic Joel McHale (“Community”) play a badass (and lethal) cop in the Bronx. For horror movies to work you have to care about the people being placed in harm’s way, and it looks like Derrickson has done an admirable job of populating his film with the right people to generate that type of connection. And don’t rule out Édgar Ramírez either, it looks like we finally have a priest with some swagger in this movie.

Also, practically a character in this movie? The Bronx. The film is shot on location there and utilizes fresh settings, like the Bronx Zoo, that haven’t been seen onscreen in over 30 years.

1: The Conjuring Effect

Last summer James Wan’s The Conjuring came out during the same time frame and ruled the box office. By the middle of the summer, audiences are hungry for something different — they need a break from caped crusaders and clanging robots. By providing thrills that get the adrenaline racing even higher than an action set piece and combining them with characters the audience actually care about, films like The Conjuring make for fantastic counterprogramming. If Deliver Us From Evil delivers the goods — and it looks like it does — you can expect to see it gain the same amount of traction.


  • LEM

    A couple reasons it might not be a hit
    1. 40 year olds with backwards hats.
    2. Olivia Munn sucks.

    • Angel of Death

      3. Jerry Bruckheimer. Despite David’s reasoning behind his name making this a success, the truth of the matter is the Bruckheimer name doesn’t carry the same weight it did between the 90s through the Pirates age. In fact apart from the Pirates series, a great deal of his most recent films have bombed rather badly. Lone Ranger, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Prince of Persia, and G-Force to name a few. The last few films he has produced for Disney have performed so poorly that the had to part ways after Disney took a massive write off in the wake of The Lone Ranger becoming a critical and commercial failure. Not sure the Bruckheimer name would help with much at all nowadays.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Here’s another reason it might not be a hit.

      People who read this site can tell when an article is secretly paid for in hopes of boosting tickets sales by stating its going to be THE bomb and not A bomb.

  • EOD

    Stfu ADAM you dont know shit! this movie is going to suck…..666 God is a lie,, Jesus is the devil 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 Na einai kalitero anthropo apo ton patera tou FUMG AZRAEL IS COMING! #$%&*(#$&*()!@#$%&*()_ kkk 25.0000 n 71.0000 w – 6174

  • Jo

    Hope COLLIDER doesn’t do more articles like this. Lame Lists like this are awful.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Was this a sponsored article? This feels and reads like a fluff piece.
    “Also, the thought of a demon or spirit invading your body is never less than unsettling.”

    Actually, it’s often much less than unsettling; it’s always nonsense and not scary in the least.

    “While Deliver Us From Evil boasts an impressive array of talent.”

    This is not a coherent sentence.

    “and audiences will be curious to see the sardonic Joel McHale (“Community”) play a badass”

    I say this as a passionate fan of Community: audiences weren’t curious enough to see the sardonic Joel McHale as a smartass, so what logical leap would lead us to believe they’d care enough to see a transition to badass?

    Seriously, this entire article reads like a press release from the studio.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    Please don’t ban me for this comment.
    Was Collider paid for this article? a very un-collider piece.

  • Warlock

    It almost comes off as a paid article. Not saying it is. Just saying it seems like all the reasons given were taken from bullet points shot over to grab buzz for the latest Conjuring of Emily Evil 3 : The Last Last Exorcism of Bagoul or How I Stopped Worring and Wanted More Money.

  • Warlock

    Just saw and apparently I’m not alone in my thinking.

  • Snarky

    I agree with the general consensus here that this reads like a sponsored article. Generally I thought they announced when an article was sponsored (something I appreciated knowing) so hopefully this isn’t the case. Perhaps it was just something thrown together to fill an article quota.

  • Christian

    I don’t think it’s much different than the “35 things we learned from visiting [any movie's] set.” Sure, they are sponsored. But they are also content related to the subject of the site, and they support the site so that it can continue to run.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Big difference: Set visits reveal things that you couldn’t get just by looking at IMDb. This is just a fluff piece saying “hey, you recognize these people and this concept! buy a ticket, maybe, yes?” (say it like Zoidberg for desired effect)

      • Warlock

        (V) ;,,; (V) “clack”

  • Idioteque…

    You listed 4 reasons why it would suck. Conjuring wasn’t even anything special and looks like they’ve created a hollywood story about Sarchie’s cases. All the cases are connected and his wife & kid fall victim to the bad guys and he has to rescue them give me a break. His real life family dealt with odd occurences but they didn’t get involved in some stupid generic action horror plot. Also Derrickson is good at creating scares, not movies. Sinister was all moments but terrible plotting.


    seriously collider?

  • NeoGeo12

    Low budget Horror movies have garnered a lot more popularity by being subversive like John Carpenters films. If this delivers quality characters and Stories then it will benefit heavily from Word of mouth. If not it will drop off after the first week and probably Eric Bana is going to have to try another genre to reenergize his career.

  • Rob

    Having actually seen the film, I’d be surprised if it pulled in $40 million between Wednesday and Sunday. It’s better than average, but nowhere near the greatness this article makes it out to be.

  • byteme

    if they left out the Conjuring mention, i may have gone that was crap

  • The Flobbit

    I’d love for this movie to succeed, but it looks like the only thing that Deliver Us From Evil is going to hit is the bottom of the bargain bin at Walmart.

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