WonderCon 2014: ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ Panel Recap

Deliver Us From Evil WonderCon Panel Eric Bana

Those who attended WonderCon 2014 this past weekend looking to get their horror sweet tooth satisfied were met with the cast and filmmakers behind Deliver Us From Evil. The panel consisted of director Scott Derrickson, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, and Edgar Ramirez. Learn about the new footage shown and what the actors had to say about the Deliver Us From Evil after the break.

2014 is the year of horror. There are so many horror movies coming out that October cannot contain the genre. The most consistent story device we’re seeing this year in horror is possession. Last year’s biggest hit The Conjuring scared up big numbers at the box office, and this year’ we’ve already seen Devil’s Due, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and Oculus. There are plenty more where that came from and Deliver Us From Evil is looking to break from the pack with a more grounded, realistic approach.

The first trailer for Deliver Us From Evil debuted about a month ago. What was shown was very plodding, not giving away too much detail to the story or characters. We are introduced to the idea that this film is inspired by actual events by NYPD officer Ralph Sarchie (played by Eric Bana in the movie). Throughout the panel, the actors recount the filmmaking process and how they weren’t believers of the paranormal until they saw “real” tapes of exorcisms that director Scott Derrickson (Sinster) has stashed away for research. And who’s to say they’re wrong? The whole based on true events thing has been done to death by now and can be stretched thin when it comes to turning events into a movie. But at least the footage shown during the panel was a bit refreshing.

We’ve seen countless horror films based on true stories, but those typically take on the cliché genre tropes, and providing little value and nothing new. What was given in this lengthy six minute sizzle reel felt more like a crime drama with the disturbed mind of Derrickson infused together. Bana’s Sarchie and Edgar Ramirez’s priest character were highlighted the most as they talk back and forth about their beliefs of the supernatural. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the actors and Derrickson discussed the details of Sarchie’s patrol throughout the Bronx and how he was witness to more than just one frightful case. And from the looks of things, the movie will focus on a few incidents that will test Bana’s Sarchie to the nth degree.

From what I saw, the movie looks like it builds a decent amount of tension, which Derrickson did fairly well in Sinister. At first glance, I don’t think the movie looks that scary, I guess from my perspective. I suppose it just depends on what you find terrifying.

Not much about Olivia Munn or Joel McHale’s characters were discussed that much or even shown in the trailers. Munn plays Bana’s wife in the movie while McHale plays Sarchie’s partner named Butler. Butler apparently has a knife collection and McHale was trained how to use them fairly well. Whether or not those skills will come in handy in the sixth season of Community will be left in the hands of NBC.

Here’s the plot synopsis for Deliver Us From Evil, courtesy of Apple Trailers:

New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Inspired by the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

Deliver Us From Evil hits theaters this summer on July 2,, 2014.

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