Scott Derrickson has become one of the most recognizable names in the horror genre today. Since 2000, he has written and directed five horror films while receiving writing and producing credits for several more. However, what really put him on the map was when he joined the MCU, being cast to write and direct. strange doctor. With the Sorcerer Supreme existing between the realms of reality and the mystical, Derrickson was an inspired choice to bring both worlds to life, and that decision proved fruitful.
While he found success with the first film, disagreements arose over the direction of the sequel, and he left the project while still credited as executive producer. Ironically, another established horror director, Sam Raimi, was hired to lead Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness In place. Derrickson returned to his horror roots with the recently released film The black phone. With these iconic films under his belt, how do they rank?
Derrickson’s first non-horror film, The day the earth stood still is more of a sci-fi drama. In a loose remake of the 1951 film of the same name, Keanu Reeves plays the role of Klaatu, an alien sent to Earth to decide whether humanity should be saved or destroyed. Jennifer Connelly also stars as Helen, a scientist who accompanies Klaatu and tries to convince him that humans are worth saving.
While the original film focused on the threat of the Cold War, this remake explores humanity’s damage to the planet, forming the basis for whether they deserve to live or die. A box office success, the film was consistently panned by critics, who called it boring and winding. Derrickson, however, received praise for his direction.
The day the earth stood still is available to stream on HBO Max.
Derrickson’s second stab in religion-based horror, deliver us from evil, stars Eric Bana as Ralph Sarchie, an NYPD sergeant who finds himself investigating cases that defy explanation. Coming to believe that demonic possession is at stake, Sarchie joins forces with a priest named Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez) to protect the city from evil.
While the film’s marketing materials claimed to be based on the real-life experiences of a police sergeant, the film is an original screenplay written by Derrickson. Its direction helps lend deliver us from evil a constant creepy atmosphere, but unfortunately the rest of the film is rather lackluster, and the slow-burn story never really pays off.
Derrickson’s feature debut and fifth entry in the hellraiser series. Hellraiser: Inferno follows Joseph Thorne (Craig Sheffer), a corrupt detective who stumbles upon Lemarchand’s infamous box at a grizzly crime scene. As is franchise lore, the box brings doom to Thorne, who becomes haunted by strange creatures and mutilated bodies.
Derrickson’s original screenplay was not intended to be a hellraiser film and had to undergo rewrites once attached to the project. Whereas Hell was dismissed by most mainstream critics, in horror circles it is considered one of the best hellraiser sequels, a franchise that has gone into decline since the release of the original cult classic.
Derrickson’s first film to be released theatrically, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, is loosely based on a real murder trial. After the exorcism of teenager Emily Rose (Jennifer Charpentier) results in his death, the priest responsible, Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson), is charged with negligent murder. The film follows Erin Bruner (Laura Linney), an attorney assigned to defend Moore in court.
Half-supernatural horror and half-legal drama, The Exorcism of Emily Rose focuses on depicting courtroom proceedings rather than chilling thrills. It still provides some unsettling moments for a PG-13 rated horror film as the story explores whether Emily was truly possessed or instead suffered from schizophrenia.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is available to stream on HBO Max.
This supernatural horror film is one that marked Derrickson as a name to watch in the horror genre. When true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves with his family to a new house, he discovers a treasured collection of films showing the former inhabitants of the house being horribly murdered. Soon, a dark presence begins to haunt the new family.
Claim was well received by critics and was praised for its direction, acting, and the chilling atmosphere that Derrickson became adept at providing. The film is also well-loved by horror fans, and the snuff tapes are always mentioned when discussing the genre’s scariest moments in recent years. Lawnmower tape is particularly effective.
Claim is available to stream on Peacock.
find his Claim star, the last of Derrickson The black phone features Ethan Hawke as The Grabber, a child killer posing as a magician. After his latest victim, 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames), is abducted and locked in the Grabber’s basement, he begins to receive mysterious calls from a broken phone on the wall. Hearing calls from former victims, Finney tries to escape with the help of his predecessors.
Adaptation of a short story Joe Hillthe film is a welcome return to horror for Derrickson after his mcu excursion. The black phone is his highest rated horror film, and the performances of Hawke and the young cast were well received by critics, as well as the film’s faithfulness to the original story.
The black phone is currently playing in theaters.
The highest rated film of Derrickson’s career, strange doctor, is an introduction for the Sorcerer Supreme to the vast Marvel Universe. When the famous neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses the use of his hands after a car accident, he travels to Nepal in search of the Elder in hopes that he can be cured.
strange doctor is a great standalone movie in the MCU. He does a great job of introducing audiences to the character, who has made appearances in several Marvel movies over the years. With Strange dealing with the mystical arts and often traveling to spaces between realms, Derrickson’s direction is a major asset to the film as his horror pedigree adds a sense of macabre wonder to the grandest settings.
strange doctor is available to stream on Disney+.
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