There is a very good reason why polite manners dictate that you should never talk about religion at a dinner party, because there is no subject on earth as contentious as religion. Which is why you really have to hand it to Amy Berg for her 2006 documentary, Deliver Us From Evil, because, if there is one thing more controversial than religious debate, it's tackling the accusations directed at the Catholic church of a conspiracy to conceal the abuse of thousands of children. So even though Deliver's subject matter might not be what you would call a 'fun night at the movies', this film earned it's own entry in Terrific Trailers because thanks to the trailer, even if you want to look away, you can't.


Berg's film centers on Oliver O'Grady, a former Catholic priest who was sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing and raping approximately 25 children over the course of 20 years from the late 70s to the early 90s while living and working in Northern California. After being released from prison, O'Grady was deported to Ireland, where Berg interviewed him in 2005. The film combines those interviews with O'Grady along with his victims, child advocates, lawyers, and theologians. It's a complicated topic and emotions run high to say the least, but the film definitely doesn't shy away from making some serious accusations against the church, but in the end she lets the viewer decide for themselves.

This trailer does exactly what a good trailer should: it gets under your skin. Because all it takes are those too-brief flashes of guilty consciences and the faces of traumatized victims to convince you that this film can't be overlooked. Of course, I couldn't leave without mentioning one of the most memorable things about this trailer: Johnny Cash's cover of the folk song, God's Gonna Cut You Down -- and after watching Berg's documentary, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Mr. Cash is right.