If all the comic book movies set for release this summer start to give you superhero fatigue, rest assured that there are plenty of promising horror movies on the way as well. Helping to fill this year’s demonic possession quota is Deliver Us From Evil, a supernatural horror based on “true” events, starring Eric Bana as Ralph Sarchie, a hard-working police officer who finds himself investigating an evil even greater than muggings and car thefts.
An international trailer for Deliver Us From Evil has now been released and features a wealth of new footage that ranges from suitably chilling to unintentionally hilarious (sorry, that rolling toy owl is still more funny than scary). It seems that Ralph is unable to keep his professional and personal lives separate, and as a result the deadly danger ends up following him home.
Deliver Us From Evil also stars Édgar Ramírez (Wrath of the Titans) as Mendoza, a priest and expert on the art of exorcism, who teams up with Ralph to try and prevent demons from sinking their claws into the people of New York. In this trailer there’s also a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpse of Community star Joel McHale, whose character seems to be involved in one of the possessions.
Director Scott Derrickson’s last film, Sinister, was a solid supernatural horror film with a genuinely terrifying monster that was undermined somewhat by the overuse of jump scares and some facepalm-worthy decisions made by the protagonist. Based on this trailer it looks like Deliver Us From Evil won’t be shying away from jump scares either.
Movies about possessions and exorcism are ripe ground for scares thanks to the combination of ghostly goings-on and body horror. The Exorcist is still widely considered to be one of the best horror movies ever made, so it’s understandable that so many filmmakers have tried to emulate its success. If Deliver Us From Evil doesn’t manage to reach those heights then it should at least be good for a few decent spooky moments this summer.
Deliver Us from Evil is set for release on July 2, 2014.