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1[[quoteright:220:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/deliver_us_from_evil_2014_film_poster_9727.jpg]]²²-> ''Invocamus Vi Ingredi Ab Inferi''²²''Deliver Us From Evil'' is a 2014 horror film based on the actual cases of former NYPD sergeant Ralph Sarchie starring Creator/EricBana, Èdgar Ramirez, Creator/OliviaMunn, Creator/JoelMcHale, and Creator/SeanHarris. It centers around his dealings with several seemingly unrelated cases, but he soon learns that they are all share one common cause: demonic possession.²²!!This movie contains examples of:²----²²* AnAxToGrind: [[spoiler:Butler]] ends up being killed with a tomahawk. TruthInTelevision applies here, as the man possessed is a former Marine and the tomahawk has made a comeback as a melee weapon and breaching tool among many U.S. military personnel since Vietnam.²* BadassNormal: Butler.²* BadassPreacher: Mendoza²* BasedOnATrueStory: The movie is based on the real cases of the real Ralph Sarchie.²* BiblicalBadGuy²* BilingualBonus: "Invocamus Vi Ingredi Ab Inferi" is Latin for "Give us the strength to enter the underworld."²* BodyHorror: Santino carved "Invocamus Vi Ingredi Ab Inferi" into his own chest.²* BrownNote: Simply reading the incantation graffiti lets it affect you.²* DeadpanSnarker: Butler, largely based on Creator/JoelMcHale's own sardonic sense of humor.²* DemonicPossession²* DetectEvil: [[spoiler: Ralph]] seemingly has this ability.²* DifficultySpike: For the first half of the movie, whenever Ralph and Butler have to fight or restrain possessed people, it's done with absolutely no difficulty. Second half, those very same possessed people, who are just as possessed as they were originally, now have the strength and endurance of a Terminator.²* EvilSoundsDeep: And scratchy. And likes to produce long, droning wails a lot.²* EyeColourChange: Possessed individuals seem to have black irises, particularly noticeable in Santino's extended exorcism sequence. [[spoiler:When his demon is finally exorcised at the end, his eyes turn back to blue.]]²* FakeAmerican: Eric Bana (Australian) and Sean Harris (English).²* ForTheEvulz: When Mendoza is asked why possessed people commit the evil that they do, he responds, essentially, "It can't be understood, it's just nonsensical."²* HauntedTechnology: This particular demon seems to hate light bulbs, as any such light sources soon burn out when near a place of strong demonic influence.²** [[spoiler: There's also where Ralph sees Santino's face in a recording, and constantly thinks he's hearing static on his radio. But that's not technology, it's in his head.]]²* HearingVoices: Children's laughter. [[spoiler: It usually precedes a JumpScare and/or a possessed person appearing.]]²* HollywoodExorcism: The exorcism scene does a good job in sticking to real exorcism practices - don't listen to what the demon claims, don't believe it when it pretends the exorcism worked early, getting it to reveal its name means it is bowing to the power of God. But, of course, they had to have the glass shattering and all the other theatrics. The exorcism also lasts only a few minutes, whereas a real exorcism typically runs anywhere from days to months.²** If you [[FreezeFrameBonus look carefully at the timestamps]] on the security camera shots in that scene, the exorcism actually lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes total; it seems the audience is only seeing the 'highlights.'²* JumpScare²* KarmaHoudini: It's implied that [[spoiler:Santino will face no consequences for the crimes he committed while possessed, even though the most he could realistically hope for is an insanity plea that would likely lead to him being institutionalized LONGER than a prison sentence.]]²* KindheartedCatLover: Inverted²* KnifeNut: Butler²* LeftHanging: The ultimate fates of [[spoiler:Santino and Jane Crenna's now-orphaned kid -- they both survive the events of the movie, but...]]²* MagicalIncantation: Possession of those susceptible happens whenever [[spoiler: a person sees the writing "Invocamus Vi Ingredi Ab Inferi"]].²* MirrorScare: Ralph briefly sees [[spoiler:Marvin, the child molester he murdered,]] in the mirror.²* NationalStereotypes: When asked if he has a crucifix in his home, Ralph replies "We're Italian, what do you think?".²* NeverTrustATrailer: Santino asking "now do you believe?", while in the trailer, does not actually make it into the film, nor does the moment when the demon imitates Sarchie's daughter's voice ("Mommy...?").²* NothingButSkulls: A trench full of them in the cellar.²* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Demons and demonic possession are generally treated traditionally, but when the demon is asked his name, it's... [[spoiler: Jungler]]. The hell is that? Might as well just name it Arnold.²* OwlBeDamned²* PowersViaPossession: Typical fare, just incredible strength and endurance.²* PsychopathicManchild: The demon giggles childishly and plays with toys frequently²* RandomEventsPlot: Although all the events ultimately do end up being related, and having one shared antagonist, much of the movie's buildup involves Ralph and Butler investigating seemingly unrelated crimes. Moreover, unlike most films like this, the BigBad doesn't spend the whole movie antagonizing the protagonists. For most of the movie, he only targets Ralph when he is directly approached, and makes no attempt to follow up until Ralph spends most of the movie going after him over and over.²* ReligionIsMagic: [[spoiler: Ralph has the ability to sense demonic activity - something he originally chalked up as cop's intuition and something his partner called his 'radar']].²* RoomFullOfCrazy: The bunker, the basement, the office, the lion's pen.²* RuleOfScary: If Santino has [[spoiler: Invocamus Vi Ingredi Ab Inferi carved into his chest because seeing those words will possess the weak]], why did he need to paint it everywhere to begin with? Why not just lift his shirt?²* SelfHarm: Besides the obvious in Santino, other possessed people are depicted as randomly harming themselves, including clawing at the ground until their fingers bleed, or chugging two quarts of paint thinner.²* SoundtrackDissonance: The demon apparently is fond of Jim Morrison and the Doors, because he supernaturally plays "Break On Through" even over the exorcism scene.²%% * TraumaButton: Invocamus Vi Ingredi Ab Inferi²* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The real Ralph Sarchie has gone on record as saying that, while the movie draws inspiration from his experiences, it doesn't actually resemble any cases he worked. ²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: We never really find out what became of [[spoiler:Jimmy, the wife-beating third Marine -- Mendoza manages to subdue him, but he and Sarchie are both distracted by the realization that possessed!Santino has killed Butler, and Jimmy is never mentioned again.]] ²²----

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