I’m honestly not a huge fan of horror flicks, but this week the good folks at Grace Hill Media sent along a book and t-shirt for the new film Deliver Us From Evil, which opens in theaters on July 2nd. I’ve been doing a significant amount of reading about the work of the Holy Spirit and deliverance lately, so the package certainly piqued my curiosity.
The film is inspired by the story of retired New York police sergeant Ralph Sarchie, who describes himself as a demonologist. For more on Ralph’s story, you’ll want to take a look at one or both of the following books:
- Deliver Us from Evil: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2014)
- Beware The Night (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2001)
The basic premise of the film and to an extent, the above mentioned books is as follows:
“NY police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.”
For a quick overview of Ralph’s story, I’d recommend watching the following 15 minute video:
Here are a few things from the video that caught my attention:
- Ralph carries an exorcism kit containing
- holy water
- special incense
- a special prayer from Pope Leo the 13th
- holy medals
- Ralph gets a pain in his temple when he’s in the presence of evil.
I honestly haven’t read a lot of material yet on exorcisms and demon possession from a catholic perspective. My reading to date has mostly been from protestant sources. One big distinction I see is that the protestants seem to carry much less gear when they’re going to do a deliverance. Any of my friends in deliverance ministry care to comment on this?
I’ll let you decide whether or not you want to go see the film. Deliver Us From Evil received an R rating for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language, so take that into account as you’re deciding. I’m definitely planning on reading the book and will most likely see the film at some point.
What do you think? Should Christians support this sort of film at the box office? Leave a comment with your thoughts.
Here’s the film’s trailer:
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