Last year a film called “Deliver Us From Evil” appeared in the movie theaters and for those who watched it well…  I hope you are not still haunted by the freaky stuffed owl toy scene (I know I am!).

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No way I’m letting you sleep tonight!

Now let’s see what’s the reality behind the fiction.

For starters, the supernatural horror flick directed by Scott Derrickson has little to do with the book that supposedly “inspired” the movie. The book called “Beware The Night” was written by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool and is a testament of Sarchie’s paranormal investigations back when he was an NYPD sergeant and was doing his metaphysical inspections ,or “The Work” as he called it, part time. Even though the director bought the rights for the book in 2003, he decided to portray fictional stories based on the accounts of Sarchie and finally changed the name of the film from “Beware The Night” to “Deliver Us From Evil”.

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“A sixteen-year NYPD veteran, Ralph Sarchie works out of the 46th Precinct in New York’s south Bronx. But it is his other job that he calls “the Work”: investigating cases of demonic possession and assisting in the exorcisms of humanity’s most ancient–and most dangerous–foes. Now he discloses for the first time his investigation into incredible true crimes an inhuman evil that were never explained, solved, or understood except by Sarchie and his partner. Schooled in the rituals of exorcism, and an eyewitness to the reality of demonic possession, Ralph Sarchie has documented a riveting chronicle of the inexplicable that gives a new shape to the shadows in the dark.

In ‘Beware the Night,’ he takes readers into the very hierarchy of a hell on earth to expose the grisly rituals of a Palo Mayombe priest; a young girl whose innocence is violated by an incubus; a home invaded by the malevolent spirit of a supposedly murdered nineteenth-century bride; the dark side of a couple who were, literally, the neighbors from hell; and more. Ralph Sarchie’s NYPD revelations are a powerful and disturbing documented link between the true-crime realities of life and the blood-chilling ice-grip of a supernatural terror.”

The synopsis of the book “Beware The Night” published by St Martin’s Press

 

Ralph Sarchie started to be interested in demonology(AKA the study of demons and the beliefs about them) after he read a book that had to do with a demonic possession case that the famous demonologist duo Ed and Lorraine Warren were investigating. He became a full time religious demonologist after his retirement from NYPD. Sarchie always admired the Warrens. He got in touch with them, attended their seminars and helped them in some of their investigations.  The New England Society For Psychic Research was founded by the Warrens and it was them who encouraged Sarchie to get in touch with one of their investigators, named Joe Forrester, and open a NESPR chapter  in New York City. Throughout his career as a demonologist, he has been involved in several exorcisms and house purifications and claims to have witnessed sinister paranormal activity in various places including his house!

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A 15 minute documentary that features Sarchie in action was released as part of the marketing campaign for the film. In the documentary we also see Sarchie’s mother stating that her son survived a serious illness when he was an infant and that it was God who kept him in this world for a reason, a calling.

 

 

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