Movie Review: But Deliver Us From Evil is a Jumbled Mess of a Fright Flick

March 21, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

The biblical succubus Lilith returns in the modern age (and appears in Georgia) and begins murdering religious figures around town (and by murdering I mean seducing them and making them explode) which baffles the local police (though in truth constructing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich seems like it would be an insurmountable challenge to these geezers). Eventually our slinky antagonist makes her way to a local college campus and begins to stalk sad sack new student Jeremiah who’s lineage as a long lost offspring of a Pastor with the power to destroy the demon makes him a threat.
Holy shit, But Deliver Us From Evil, you are one stinking piece of cinematic hot garbage!  The whole affair seems like a series of random scenes stitched together with some sort of whisper of a plot thrown in…and about that plot; with it’s strong religious overtones was this film made for the church goin’ crowd? Well if so, there is a lot of (clothed) sex, semi-okay gore, hell, there’s even a scene set in a strip club (but it’s the kind of place where the strippers remain fully clothed?!!). Scenes go on and on (this thing runs a bloated hour and forty nine minutes), nothing much happens, the dialog seems made up on the spot, and some of the acting (in particular the multiple news reporters will have you rolling in the aisles) isn’t so great…or good…or anything…
In the plus column, actress Alice Rose makes a great Lilith, she is equal parts sensual and menacing, gorgeous, and one of the few that can pull her weight in the acting department (Franklin Ojeda Smith as Jeremiah’s mentor Charles Burton is the other stand out performance). Also, some of the cinematography is really nice…which is sad, because you can see there is actually some talent involved here, but something went off kilter along the way.
Too religious for most horror hounds, and too horror for the Church crowd, But Deliver Us From Evil is a meandering, confused, jumble of a fright flick that almost defiantly tries to push audiences away.
 

 

We also talked about the film here in case you want to know more for some masochistic reason…

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