This week, we learned that Scott Derrickson (director of Sinister and co-writer on the upcoming Sinister 2) will be making the journey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the director for Marvel Studios' still technically-unannounced Doctor Strange movie. Well before then, however, Derrickson will be unveiling his latest spooky film, in the form of Deliver Us From Evil - and today, we can offer the latest international trailer and first TV spot for the crime/horror thriller, starring Eric Bana (Munich, Star Trek).
In addition to directing, Derrickson also co-wrote the script for Deliver Us From Evil with his frequent collaborator, Paul Harris Boardman (Hellraiser: Inferno, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), drawing inspiration from the book "Beware the Night" written by Lisa Collier Cool and the real-life ex-cop, Ralph Sarchie - who, as portrayed by Bana in the film adaptation, joins forces with a priest named Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez), in order to solve a case that may involve malevolent demons and/or other paranormal forces.
Actually, judging by the trailers (like the newest one, featured above), there's not going to be much ambiguity, when it comes to whether or not all the bizarre events that Bana and Ramírez witness in the film can be accounted for with perfectly rational explanations. Pretty much ever one of the Deliver Us From Evil previews released so far, has included Sarchie's comment about how he's never seen anything so horrible it "can't be explained by human nature"; apparently, though, he's never seen anything as terrifying as a toy owl rolling around of its own accord.
On that note: we've also included the first TV spot for Deliver Us From Evil, which you can check out below:
To be fair, although Derrickson has examined where the line falls between scientific thought and belief in the supernatural before (see: The Exorcism of Emily Rose), that might not be what he's going for with Deliver Us From Evil. The latter project appears to be more intent on exploring the horror of things that - for the time being - Sarchie finds himself struggling to comprehend, despite his longtime experience working as a police officer. As such, Derrickson's film looks to be a familiar, yet possibly also smarter than average addition to the supernatural horror/exorcism genre - one that may even feel fresher, by incorporating crime drama tropes into the mix.
Rounding out the cast for Deliver Us From Evil are such folk as Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Joel McHale (Community), Sean Harris (Prometheus), and Dorian Missick (Southland), among others.
Deliver Us From Evil opens in U.S. theaters on July 2nd, 2014.