Interview: Filmmaker Scott Derrickson on Horror, Faith, Chesterton and Deliver Us From Evil
The director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose — and Marvelís recruit to direct Doctor Strange — talks about mystery, Catholicism, confronting evil and his new film, Deliver Us From Evil.
From a National Catholic Register article
By Steven D. Greydanus
Scott Derrickson is a very nice guy who makes movies about things that aren’t very nice.
Articulate, thoughtful and disarmingly frank, Derrickson is a rare outspoken Christian in Hollywood. He’s also a horror filmmaker and aficionado probably been best known for the 2005 supernatural thriller The Exorcism of Emily Rose — though his recent deal with Marvel to bring the comic-book character Doctor Strange to the big screen changes that in a big way.
Derrickson’s new film, Deliver Us From Evil, is inspired by Beware the Night, the memoir of former New York police Sgt. Ralph Sarchie, a Catholic and self-described demonologist, who claims Traditionalist Bishop Robert McKenna and Malachi Martin as his mentors.
I recently caught up with Derrickson in Manhattan, where he held forth at length on horror, faith, art and Catholicism.
Deliver Us From Evil opens Wednesday, July 2.