Deliver Us from Evil (2014 film)

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Deliver Us from Evil
Deliver Us from Evil (2014 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Screenplay by Scott Derrickson
Paul Harris Boardman
Based on Beware the Night 
by Ralph Sarchie
Lisa Collier Cool
Starring Eric Bana
Édgar Ramírez
Olivia Munn
Sean Harris
Joel McHale
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Scott Kevan
Edited by Jason Hellmann
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release date(s)
  • July 2, 2014 (2014-07-02)
Running time 118 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $38,188,056[2]

Deliver Us from Evil is a 2014 American crime-horror film directed by Scott Derrickson, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and co-written with Paul Harris Boardman,[3] based on a 2001 non-fiction book entitled Beware the Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool. Starring Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Sean Harris, Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale, the film was released on July 2, 2014.[4]


The movie is based on the real life events of Ralph Sarchie, a New York cop who meets a Castilian priest when he is pulled into a case which the priest convinces him, against the officer's religious beliefs, is demonically related. Together, they work to solve the case and combat paranormal forces working against them. With help from the priest, Ralph puts down the demon (through exorcism) that has possessed the last man left of the group of people that were possessed. Next scene is seven months later. Ralph and his family and friends have gathered for Ralph's newborn child's christening—performed by the same priest who helped Ralph. It is made known that Ralph quits the police force and begins working with the priest against evil.



On September 4, 2012, director Scott Derrickson signed on to direct a paranormal cop thriller film he co-wrote with Paul Harris Boardman, with Screen Gems producing.[3] On November 12, Jerry Bruckheimer signed on to produce the film with his Jerry Bruckheimer Films production company, which had begun developing a treatment of the Sarchie book years earlier. David Ayer, Bryan Bertino and Bruce C. McKenna also worked on the screenplay before Bruckheimer went back to Derrickson.[10] Screen Gems set a January 16, 2015, release date and announced it would start filming on May 20, in The Bronx, New York City.[11] On November 13, 2013, Sony Pictures changed the release date from January 2015 to July 2, 2014.[4] On December 7, the film was retitled from Beware the Night to Deliver Us from Evil.[12]


Initially, Mark Wahlberg was set to star.[3] On November 9, 2012 The Wrap posted that Eric Bana was in talks to join the film, playing the lead role as a New York cop.[5] On April 9, 2013 Bana confirmed his role in the film as a Catholic cop, and Olivia Munn and Édgar Ramírez were set to co-star as the cop's wife and a priest respectively.[6] On May 28, 2013 Joel McHale and Sean Harris also joined the film; McHale played Bana's partner, a tough and experienced cop.[7] Dorian Missick joined cast on June 5 to play the role of the cop Gordon.[9] Other cast members include Chris Coy, Rhona Fox, and Valentina Rendón.[8]


Principal photography began on June 3, 2013 in New York City.[13] After wrapping up filming in New York in the end of July, production moved to Abu Dhabi at the start of August 2013.[14][15] Production filmed scenes at the Liwa Oasis desert in Abu Dhabi.[16][17] According to Empire State Development Corporation, Deliver Us from Evil spent more than $19 million in New York state over the course of its 34-day shoot in New York City and on Long Island. The production paid $7 million to New York residents, hiring some 700 cast and crew as well as more than 400 extras.[18]


On December 23, 2013, the first photo from the film was released.[19] The film's first trailer was released on YouTube on March 7, 2014,[20][21] followed by another international trailer on April 10.[22] On May 14 another trailer was released.[23]


The film was released on July 2, 2014 in 3,049 locations in the United States.[24]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally mixed reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 77 reviews; the general consensus states: "Director Scott Derrickson continues to have a reliably firm grasp on creepy atmosphere, but Deliver Us from Evil's lack of original scares is reflected in its shopworn title." On Metacritic, the film has a 40/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[25]

Box office[edit]

Deliver Us from Evil earned $2.8 million on its opening day. In its opening weekend the film earned $9,500,000, ranking at number four at the box office in the United States.[2]


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  19. ^ Turek, Ryan (December 23, 2013). "Exclusive Photo from Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil". Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
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  24. ^ Subers, Ray (July 2, 2014). "Forecast: 'Transformers' to Take Out 'Tammy' Over July 4th Weekend". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 

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