What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deliver Us from Evil is a demon-possession horror movie that's not to be confused with the 2006 Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name. There's heavy, gory, bloody violence; disgusting corpses; struggling and fighting; guns and knives; children in peril; and scary demons. There's also a subplot about a child molester/murderer. Language is strong, including several uses of "f--k." A main character is a recovering drug addict who still drinks whisky and smokes cigarettes to get by. There are some brief, minor sexual situations. The movie is supposedly based on the true story of Bronx cop Ralph Sarchie, who published a book about his experiences, which may give older teens something to talk about.
  • Families can talk about Deliver Us from Evil's gory, bloody violence. How much was necessary to tell the story? Does it go too far?
  • How scary is the movie? Does it show anything deeply frightening, or were you more momentarily startled? Why?
  • What's the appeal of demon-possession and exorcism movies in the horror genre? What other ones have you seen? How do they compare?
  • The priest says that alcohol and cigarettes help him beat his drug addiction. How do you feel about that idea?
  • If the movie is based on a true story, how does it make you re-think the world around you, if at all?
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