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Many years ago, I responded to an advertisement asking for people to invest in a low budget horror. As I had just sold my Bournemouth flat, I was in a position to do just that, so I got in contact with them.
They were a likeable bunch of fellas. They were surprised to meet with someone who actually knew, and was interested, in movies to the level they were. We met on a few occasions over many pints of alcohol as I awaited the screenplay.
The plan was that each investor would play a small part on camera. In time I found out what part I would be playing. The part in question was as a bank manager, albeit one that would be heard, rather than seen. Having a distinctive deep voice, I could see why they thought this would work. After a couple of read-throughs with my landlady, I was set for my big screen debut.
Aside from the odd troll encounter in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Harry Potter franchise audiences probably only associate trolls with those small dolls with smiley faces and brightly coloured hairdos from hell and of course the likes of fairytales that involve Three Billy Goats Gruff (referenced in one of the movie's key encounters). There's also the rather dodgy Eighties flick called Troll and its dire 1990 sequel Troll 2. So let's start afresh with Troll Hunter as for various reasons it really does need to be considered aside from the aforementioned flicks.
Director Scott Derrickson scared audiences shitless a couple of years back with the rather awesome and aptly named Sinister. Proving to be a master at building and sustaining nerve-jangling suspense with Sinister - and improving hugely on his previous horror hit The Exorcism of Emily Rose - anticipation levels were sky high for this, his next flick. However, both the box office and critical response were below middling and close to poor.
When it came to reviewing Deliver Us From Evil this critic was expecting to be bludgeoned with heavy-hitting boredom based on the savage reviews it had. However savage reviews for genre flicks are not uncommon. They generally tend to get a bum deal from critics, the same critics who later do an about turn, years down the line, and end up applauding the same film it ridiculed, instead now labelling it a masterpiece - both the original Psycho and The Shining were initially slated by the critical establishment. Whilst Deliver Us From Evil is far from the classic material that both the aforementioned movies are, I do envisage a more lenient appraisal of it in years to come.
Nora David (Letícia Román), a young American woman, is travelling to Italy to visit her sick aged aunt. We know this because a very nice voice-over man has informed us so. Nora's aunt is so sick that she goes and dies on the first night of her niece's visit. Naturally distressed, Nora flees her aunt's home not knowing what to do. She is then mugged. And if that wasn't enough upset for Nora she then witnesses the murder of a young woman. No one believes that Nora saw a murder, given the lack of a bloodied body lying around, reasoning that she was in shock following the double-whammy of her aunt snuffing it and being mugged soon after.
Nora ends up staying up a friend of her deceased aunt's, as the friend goes on vacation. This plot contrivance (would you let someone you hardly know stay in your home alone?) affords Nora the opportunity to discover some newspaper clippings that prove that she didn't imagine the murder. It appears that there is a serial killer murdering people in order of their surname, known as the Alphabet Killer. The next letter is 'D'! One phone call later and Nora knows that she is the 'D' that the killer has lined up as their next victim. With her young, and rather delicious doctor in tow, Marcello Bassi (John Saxon), Nora sets about finding out who the killer before she meets a grisly fate.
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