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Devil’s Due Review

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Devils Due Review“Devil’s Due” hit theaters last Friday with all the impact of a pillow hitting a brick house.  There doesn’t seem to be much fanfare or interest surrounding this movie, which is a rare occurrence when a found footage film gets a theatrical release.  Is this some sort of weird fluke or did “Devil’s Due” deserve its jaded reception? Read on to find out.

“Devil’s Due” comes by way of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet from a script by Lindsay Devlin.    The movie centers on Samantha and Zach McCall (played by Allison Miller and Zach Gilford respectively) who are a newlywed couple on a honeymoon to Santa Domingo.  During a night of wild drinking and partying, the two are taken by a mysterious cult and Samantha is impregnated with a demon baby by way of a demonic ritual.

The rest of the movie then takes a slow and methodical pace as it builds up to the demonic birth.  A large part of the film is devoted to Zach and Samantha interacting with each other and dealing with the pregnancy.  Unfortunately, this bogs the movie down because Zach and Samantha aren’t particularly interesting characters.  Allison Miller and Zach Gilford do a perfectly fine job of portraying the couple, but there’s no real substance to these people.  Occasionally other characters are injected in to the film, but there’s nothing about them that adds characterization or enhances the narrative.  Everyone in the film is as plain as white bread.

When a horror movie is plagued with generic characters, the usual saving grace is how the scares are handled.  Sadly, this is another area that the film is lacking in. Sprinkled throughout are some standard jump scares that are pretty typical of the things we’ve seen in previous found footage films.  There are shots of people creeping around in the dark with night vision, people jokingly scaring each other, and objects being smashed by supernatural forces.  There are very few scares to be found in this film and the ones that are there are too predictable.

The most memorable part of the film is the ending, which features some unique visual effects that I really enjoyed.  However, the movie does something which robs the finale of most of its tension.  At the start of the film we’re treated to a quick intro that essentially reveals the fate of our main characters.  It’s a revelation that cannibalizes most of the suspense from the climax because you know certain characters aren’t in danger.  So while it’s a visual treat, the final scare of the film lacks a lot of impact.

The sad truth is that “Devil’s Due” isn’t a bad film, it’s simply a generic product.  It’s easy to see that a lot of people worked hard on this project, but the end result is a bland entry that is neither good nor bad.  It simply is.  Had this been released sometime after the first “Paranormal Activity”, I think it would have had a greater impact on audiences.  But in a post “Paranormal” world, we’ve seen found footage films taken in some innovative directions.   And, rather than pushing the style forward, “Devil’s Due” feels like a relic from the early days of the genre.

“Devil’s Due” is in theaters now.


2.5 / 5 stars     

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      1. Simon Rother January 20, 2014 at 11:29 pm

        Not that good. 6/10

      2. Sherry Luy January 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

        there hasnt been a good horror film since forever

      3. Mark Anthony Fenno January 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

        Movie fucking sucked it was a shitty remake of of rosemary baby mixed with paranormal activity i want my money back

      4. Idnac Sekots January 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        I found there could have been more to it… It was a good story but lacked

      5. Kirsty Doherty January 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        Shame, I was really looking forward to this cause if all the hype, but it was a bit of a let down unfortunately

      6. Paul Roettger January 20, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        2 hours at the theater that i will never get back

      7. Scott Luahiwa January 20, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        Reminds me of the old series Its alive based on canabilistic babies Roger Korman classic must we bring babies into the storyline ?

      8. Cliff Purdom January 20, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        Sometimes critics are wrong lets hope this time they are we all like different things

      9. John Rose January 20, 2014 at 11:49 pm

        7/10 fom me a little better than PA: The Marked Ones

      10. Ryan January 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

        I just watched this a few hours ago. I almost got up and walked out. Very slow movie, no scares. Very lame and I have no idea how this was released in theaters .

      11. Nestor Herrera January 20, 2014 at 11:56 pm

        Not good at all.

      12. David Roy January 21, 2014 at 12:05 am

        A half assed paranormal activity rip off.

      13. Happy Stu Mortimer January 21, 2014 at 12:07 am

        Found footage movies suck just film it like a film

      14. Rob Bailey January 21, 2014 at 12:09 am

        I think everyone has finally moved on from this ridiculous found footage fad. Its been over done for years and I am very happy to see that it is slowly but surely on its way out.

      15. Joey Senger January 21, 2014 at 12:14 am

        Oh course. It’s been done. The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, etc…

      16. Taylor Made January 21, 2014 at 12:35 am

        Look good but we all kno

      17. Jordan Allen January 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

        well if you think about it the only good “found footage” movie was cannibal holocaust

      18. Rockn'rollover Resale January 21, 2014 at 1:02 am

        SUUUUUUUCKED!!!

      19. Mersey Male January 21, 2014 at 1:25 am

        Groan, another bloody found footage movie. When will they stop making them??

      20. Frank Strunk III January 21, 2014 at 1:44 am

        Not good.

      21. Jermaine Robinson January 21, 2014 at 3:22 am

        Absolutely sucked!!

      22. Michelle Willams January 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

        Shits gonna be lit wen I c it

      23. Michelle Willams January 21, 2014 at 4:13 am

        Ahhhhh really it sucks ahhhhhhh

      24. Andy Olearczyk January 21, 2014 at 4:20 am

        Now I kw what to rent for Halloween in the fall !

      25. Jeff Carson January 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        “Found footage” been there done that. Let’s move on to original storytelling and some good scares! Take Hammer Films for example, they’ve had some good ones and the Quiet Ones looks pretty good to me! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GNyQusclgw#t=0

      26. Kelli McDaniel January 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        Lol, Jeffrey Kersey

      27. Greg Michalski January 21, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        Horror movies have turned into republicans ….,,,,,,

        • Jim VanBebber January 22, 2014 at 12:27 am

          Although Hollywood is run by Democrats…Interesting.

      28. Jim VanBebber January 22, 2014 at 12:26 am

        ENOUGH WITH THE “FOUND FOOTAGE” GARBAGE! It has been done to death, nobody has an original thought left in Hollywood.

      29. Luis February 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

        After all the “we’ve been waiting for you”, The whole Antichrist is Coming theme,the audience gets tricked into thinking the baby was the antichrist.

        It all made sense. ..
        1. The baby’s rapid growth.
        2. The demonic effects on the mom/Samantha.
        3. Sams growing lust for meat (she was a vegetarian) blood and supernatural violence.
        4. The complete demonic possession and murder of her sister in law.

        If the movie ended with he husband at the homocide interview, it would have been a reasonable ending. Perhaps a sequel with the Antichrist child .

        BUT NO! It happens all over again in PARIS!
        COMPLETELY INVALIDATING THE ENTIRE MOVIE UP TO THAT POINT! THERE IS NO ANTICHRIST CHILD. JUST A DEMON POSSESSED BABY. WHY? IT HAPPENS AGAIN IN PARIS,AND ANYWHERE NEXT.

        (Turns out its just a baby taking cult that has a witchlady who opens the unsuspecting mother to demonic possession. The demon kills with its supernatural powers,then survivors are framed by the cult)

        DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!! SEE GRAVITY INSTEAD!