Deliver Us From Evil

It was the most horrific piece of wallpapering he'd ever encountered.
It was the most horrific piece of wallpapering he’d ever encountered.

Ralph (Eric Bana), an NYPD cop with a ‘radar’ for bad shit going down, gets drawn into a series of seemingly disconnected events: an ex-Marine beating up his wife; a woman throwing her baby into the zoo’s lion compound; a family hearing strange noises in their cellar.

In joining the dots, his path crosses that of Mendoza, a Jesuit priest and demonologist. Ooh-er.

“Inspired by actual accounts” is not the same as “based on real events”. None of this stuff actually happened. So, if the filmmakers were giving themselves a free hand, they could have written something better structured and creepier than this. It has its moments, but mainly relies on dialogue-drowning subwoofer noisescapes for dramatic effect. It did, however, exceed the very low expectations I had for it. 5/10

Released July 24, 2014.

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