'Deliver Us From Evil' Exposes Ugliness of Sin

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The summer blockbuster movie season is here, and among the films that hit theaters this week is "Deliver Us From Evil."

This is the latest horror flick from film writer and director Scott Derrickson, who is known for the movies "Sinister" and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." 

In a recent interview with CBN News, the Christian film writer and director said it is his faith that draws to this genre of movies.

"I believe that is one of the reasons I was interested in the genre in the first place. It's place where my beliefs and faith and things that I am philosophically interested in," Derrickson said.

"This genre invites investigation and thought in those areas. But I think this particular kind of film, when you are dealing with the demonic, possession, and exorcism, that's a real thing that happens in the real world," he said. "It's not like zombies or vampires or things that aren't real."

Why should believers see the film? Eric Bana talks with CBN News about the theme of justice influencing his character role.

The thriller is based on the real life of retired New York City Police Officer Sgt. Ralph Sarchie.

In his book, "Beware the Night," Sarchie writes about his experiences with the ugliness of sin and evil during his time on the force.

"I feel like every cop fights evil on some level. I just happened to take it one step further. There is nothing special about me," he told CBN News. "There are a lot of people out here doing this work, believe it or not."

Both Sarchie and Derrickson told CBN News they rely upon Scripture for their exploration and understanding of the demonic world.

What sets the movie apart from other horror flicks? Director Scott Derrickson and writer Ralph Sarcho how scripture informed the writing process.

"Scripture informs a lot of the way that I think," Derrickson said.

"I have studied the Bible and have a degree in biblical theology and I think the stories of exorcism that are in the New Testament and the Gospels are compelling stories that are there for a reason," he added. "And I think it is important to reckon with things that are fearful."

"It is in scripture that Jesus did actually perform exorcisms," Sarchie added. "And the way I look at it is, if it is good enough for Jesus, it is good enough for me."

What does the film do to address the paranormal? Olivia Munn, who plays Jenn Sarchie, speaks with CBN News about the exorcism scene.

"Deliver Us From Evil" is rated "R" for some of its language and content. It hit theaters July 2. 

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