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Reviews: 'Deliver Us From Evil' Fails To Impress The Critics

Eric Bana Scott Derrickson

Based on a 2001 book entitled Beware the Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool, Deliver Us From Evil is a biopic-crime-horror film thriller hybrid from director Scott Derrickson.

Eric BanaEric Bana stars as Sarchie in 'Deliver Us From Evil'

Unfortunately, amidst a sea of horror films focused on the paradigm of demonic possession and exorcism, ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ does little to transcend the genre’s most lamentable tropes, if the critics are to be believe. 

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Devil's Knot Review

Based on the events documented in West of Memphis and the Paradise Lost trilogy, this drama takes an almost clinical approach to the story. By filling in so many details and covering so many perspectives, skilled Canadian director Atom Egoyan sometimes loses the emotional connection, simply because there are too many punches to the gut. But it's utterly riveting.

The events took place in 1993 in rural West Memphis, Arkansas. After three 8-year-old boys go missing, suspicion immediately falls on four goth 16-year-olds: Chris (Dane DeHaan) has just left town, but the fiercely charismatic Damien (James Hamrick), hapless Jason (Seth Meriwether) and mentally disabled Jesse (Kristopher Higgens) are arrested and charged with murder. The victims' parents (including Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola and Kevin Durand) band together in outrage. But private investigator Ron (Colin Firth) thinks the police have wrongly accused these teens of being killers.

The story is a shocking account of a miscarriage of justice, as the community turns on kids who simply look a bit funny and the police and judicial authorities refuse to admit that they may have made some serious mistakes. The rush to judgement is terrifying, accompanied with explanations that falsely link the teens to satanic rituals and death-metal music. Egoyan cleverly builds a sense of outrage from the start, as the film mourns not only the young boys' death but also the horror of carelessly ruining three innocent teens' lives in response.

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Who Is 'Doctor Strange' Director Scott Derrickson?

Scott Derrickson The Avengers X-Men

As the Marvel juggernaut continues to speed ahead, dispensing a huge array of films and series featuring multifarious characters and an increasing selection of superhuman protagonists, it is no surprise that the comic book giant has announced that Doctor Strange will make his cinema debut in a recently announced eponymous film. The Doctor’s role in the comic books is that of the Sorcerer Supreme- Earth’s protector against threats that are magical and fantastical rather than the orchestrated destruction of standard comic book villains. He has already been the subject of a low budget direct-to-TV film as well as a TV series, but with Marvel Studios financing the project we can be sure that Doctor Strange will be a superhero movie of epic proportions- a visual spectacle certain to be a feast of CGI. However, other facts hint that the film will take on a darker turn than the likes of The Avengers or Iron Man.

Derrickson At Sinister ScreeningDerrickson has made a name for himself as a horror director able to work on small budgets.

But who will take the helm as director of such an imposing project? That accolade has been bestowed upon Scott Derrickson, who will reportedly work alongside producer Kevin Feige- the man responsible for the production of many of Marvel’s blockbuster leviathans, including each of the X-Men, Iron Man and Avengers instalments. Derrickson has been slowly making a name for himself throughout Hollywood as a much respected horror director and his film The Exorcism Of Emily Rose grossed $144 million at the box-office, a hugely respectable figure for a low-budget horror pic.

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Scott Derrickson To Direct "Dr. Strange" - Are We In For A Darker Marvel Flick?

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With so much news surrounding Ant-Man recently, Marvel is moving on full steam ahead with its next phase of films, including pre-production for Dr. Strange. The studio has just found a director for the project in Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson. At least those are the rumors, although according to Variety, talks between Derrickson and the studio are still in the early stages.

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What does the future hold for the Marvel cinematic universe?

Derrickson, whose work falls largely within the paranormal/horror genre would be a bold choice style-wise. Marvel’s cinematic universe so far has been defined by a lighter and more humorous tone than competitors like the Dark Knight franchise or 2013’s Man of Steel. If Derrickson is hired, however, he is likely to infuse the Dr. Strange movie with his own, much darker style. The departure might work for the character, whose image in the comic book universe has always been associated with mysticism and mythology.

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Marvel Appoint Scott Derrickson To Direct 'Doctor Strange'

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Marvel may be having a hard time finding a new director for 'Ant-Man,' but the studio had no trouble appointing someone to bring 'Doctor Strange' to the big screen.

American filmmaker Scott Derrickson will be taking the helm of the upcoming project, which is the newest adaptation of a Marvel comic book series.

The 37 year-old director announced the exciting news via Twitter on Tuesday (June 3rd), posting "My next movie will be STRANGE," along with a photo of himself holding an issue of the comic book.

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Is New Movie 'Sinister' Actually All That Sinister?

Ethan Hawke Scott Derrickson

'Sinister' is the new horror film from director Scott Derrickson who was responsible for 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'. It stars Ethan Hawke, who plays Ellison, a true-crime writer who- for some reason- moves his family to the home of a murdered family- a case which was still unsolved on their moving there.

Reviews have been mixed, but always focuses on one of two questions, firstly- is the film scary? And secondly, is the film good? At one level, for a horror, one might think that to be 'good' it needs to be scary, or that to be 'scary', by proxy, means that it's good. Indeed, what is the mark of a good horror film- does it need a brilliant script, does it need some psychological thrills, an excellent score or does it just need all out gore? Arguably, a mix of all three. But horror has long prevailed and found cult popularity in being fundamentally rubbish, particularly in the old style Hammer horrors of the '50s.

For many, the most frustrating thing about many thrillers and horrors is the question repeated by many an audience 'BUT WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!' And the question remains for 'Sinister'. Why on earth would Ellison move his entire family to a murder scene? He argues “I had to move here. The new story I’m writing is here.” Not a particularly valid argument. Nevertheless, as the audience inevitably expects, their moving to this house is the catalyst to further horrors and more blood spill.

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Sinister Review

There's a nasty edge to this horror film that makes it much creepier than most, which gives Hawke the chance to give an unnervingly haunted performance. As the script reveals its hideous secrets, the filmmakers really make our skin crawl. Although it's not easy to figure out what the point is, since the whole film seems to be merely an exercise in scaring the audience.

It's all based in true crime, as author Ellison (Hawke) drags his wife Tracy (Rylance) and kids to a new town so he can investigate another unsolved murder. What he hasn't told Tracy is that they're living in the crime scene, an unusually dark house that has a box of home movies in the attic that reveal a much more gruesome horror than Ellison was expecting. The killings at hand turn out to be part of a string of hideous murders that seem to have a supernatural twist.

Indeed, this film takes a very bleak trip into the darkest recesses of the imagination: the deaths on these home movies are so hideous that we can barely watch them. But then, this also means that the film is more unnerving than nine out of 10 horror movies. And Hawke is a solid central character we can identify with, as he's unable to stop digging into the story, looking further into these murders and watching every last home movie even though he knows he should really stop. He gives Ellison an earthy honesty that carries us along with him, even when some standard movie characters pop up, including an angry sheriff (Thompson), his dopey deputy (Ransone) and an expert professor (D'Onofrio).

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Picture - Scott Derrickson , Monday 1st October 2012

Scott Derrickson Monday 1st October 2012 attends the screening of Summit Entertainment's 'Sinister' at the Landmark Theatre Regent

Sinister Trailer

Ellison is an aspiring true-crime writer who decides to move his family into the house where a family of four were brutally murdered nine months previous in order to work on his next novel which he is determined will be a success. When Ellison takes a visit to the attic, he finds, in the center of the floor, a single box with a movie projector and several film reels tucked inside. The films have titles such as 'BBQ '79' and 'Family Hanging Out '11' - the latter is the most recent so Ellison sets it up on the projector. The clip shows the family that were recently murdered enjoying one another's company before cutting to an image of the four of them when they killed. Shocked, Ellison passes the videos on to the police to investigate further and notices the only similarity between all the murders of different families in the house on each of the film reels is a recurring symbol which he later discovers is the mark of a pagan deity named Bagul who he is told feeds on the souls of children. Legend has it that children who see the image of Bagul are vulnerable to his attack because he is alive through his own image. When he begins to target Ellison's family, he realises he must escape before they become the next victims.

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Picture - Scott Derrickson New York City, USA, Tuesday 9th December 2008

Scott Derrickson Tuesday 9th December 2008 New York Premiere of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - Arrivals New York City, USA

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