Every Scott Derrickson Horror Movie Ranked From Worst To Best (Including The Black Phone)


Scott Derrickson makes his long-awaited return to horror with the famous The Black Phone. Here are all of his horror movies ranked from worst to best.

Director Scott Derricksonthe latest horror movie The black phone is making waves, so it’s time to watch his horror movies as a whole and see how they stack up against each other. Based on a short story by Joe Hill, The black phone is the supernatural story of an abducted child who fights back against his captor with the help of the spirits of the killer’s previous victims. Surprisingly, this is the project Derrickson took on after choosing to leave Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While many would scoff at this decision, The black phone is getting great reviews so far.

The black phone represents Derrickson’s return to the genre that made him a big enough name to be offered the job of director strange doctor in the first place. Derrickson burst onto the big screen with 2012’s Claimwhich also included black phone Notable horror film star and actor Ethan Hawke. Since directing five more films, including The black phone, only two of which left the horror genre behind. In some ways, Derrickson can be considered a master of horror, though he doesn’t seem to want that label himself.


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Whether The black phone is the start of a new series of horror films for Derrickson or just a brief jaunt from the genre, the director has already cemented his name in the horror history books. With that in mind, here are all of Scott Derrickson’s horror movies ranked from worst to best. Just for clarity, Claim 2 and Urban Legends: Final Cut are not included here because Derrickson did not direct them, but only wrote the scripts.

5. Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

Sean Harris in Deliver Us From Evil

Of the seven films Scott Derrickson has directed to date, nearly all have been box office hits, if not generally critical darlings. The only real disappointment in Derrickson’s filmography is deliver us from evilreleased just two years after Derrickson found huge success with Claim. Although it claimed to be inspired by real events, the plot was almost entirely original. It stars former Hulk actor Eric Bana as a New York City cop investigating crimes involving apparent demonic possessions. He then teams up with an unorthodox priest who is an expert in exorcisms to complete the unusual challenge. deliver us from evil was lambasted by critics and did nothing but financially well, and mostly came off as a totally generic and uninspired horror film. It’s not horrible to watch because there are some really scary and interesting moments, but it’s also easily the worst horror movie Derrickson has made to date, and the run isn’t close.

4. Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)

Hellraiser: Inferno was both the first hellraiser film to be released directly to video and the first feature film directed by Scott Derrickson. He enjoys a fairly good reputation among hellraiser passionate, at least compared to the five other direct-to-video entries in the franchise, all of which tend to be horribly bad. NightbloodCraig Sheffer stars as a sleazy cop investigating a serial killer called The Engineer, only for Lament Configuration and Pinhead to end up getting involved. Hell doesn’t really feel like a hellraiser movie, which makes sense because the original script had hellraiser added as an afterthought, according to Pinhead actor Doug Bradley. For what it is, Hellraiser: Inferno is a decent film that sports well-done makeup and gore effects and surprising visual panache for its low budget. Still, its debut movie status is evident, and Derrickson honed its strengths later on.

3. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose Jennifer Carpenter

The Exorcism of Emily Rose was Scott Derrickson’s second directorial effort, and a huge step up from Hellraiser: Inferno. With a much larger budget of $19 million, Derrickson created one of cinema’s extremely rare mixes: horror mixed with legal drama. The titular young woman dies during an exorcism, and the priest who conducted the ceremony is charged with negligent homicide. Based in part on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose spends about as much time in the courtroom as showing demonic activity, but the film is bolstered by a terrific lead performance by the future Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter, plus the normally excellent work of Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson in the other lead roles. It also helps that The Exorcism of Emily Rose is really scary and has great special effects.

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2. The Black Phone (2022)

The End of the Black Phone Explained

The black phone, despite its novelty, is poised to instantly claim the top spot as Scott Derrickson’s best horror film yet. Based on the work of Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, The black phone tells the story of a boy named Finney and his attempt to survive being caught by a serial child killer known as The Grabber. The black phone is a very disturbing film, mainly due to its understandably uncomfortable subject matter, and big props also go to Ethan Hawke’s terrifying performance as The Grabber. The black phone arguably has a few too many minor characters to keep up with, and a subplot of psychic visions that feels a little unnecessary at times. Yet Derrickson’s latest is a sometimes shockingly violent, often harrowing journey into a truly hellish circumstance driven by inspired performances. Unlike some unfairly hyped horrors, this is a film truly worthy of the critical acclaim it receives.

1. Sinister (2012)

When it comes to pure ROI, Claim is really Scott Derricksonthe most successful film as a director, grossing $87 million on a budget of just $3 million. Critical reviews were mixed, but horror fans took Claim en masse, embracing its dark and gritty story, intense disturbing atmosphere, and a terrifying new icon of horror in the demon Bagul/Bughuul, aka Mr. Boogie. Claim also boasts another great central performance from Ethan Hawke, this time as the protagonist. ClaimHawke’s central focus on a series of family murders makes for uncomfortable and heartbreaking viewing, especially as Hawke’s true perpetrator watches each new tape documenting the murders. The fact that everyone Claim fan must hear is the phrase “lawn work“Getting chills is a testament to the quality of the film. In some ways, The black phone may actually be a better movie than Claim for Derrickson’s matured sensibilities as a director are evident. When it comes to pure horror though, Claim is downright scarier.

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