Delivery: The Beast Within (2013 | It’s Rosemary’s Baby meets The Paranormal Diaries

Delivery DVD cover

In 2009, young Glendale couple Kyle and Rachel Massy agree to document their first pregnancy for a TV reality show. But the production is halted after a series of unexplained events start plaguing the couple, causing Rachel to believe that she is possessed by a demon called Alastor, who wants to be reborn through her child. Told through the show’s un-aired footage and interviews from friends, family and production members, Delivery provides a first-hand account of the Massy’s tragic story. But did something really haunt poor Rachel?

Delivery (2013)

This Rosemary’s Baby for the reality TV generation, from director Brian Netto, kicks off by following the same saccharine formulaic techniques popularised by reality shows: all quick zooms, intrusive emotive music and overly-cheery couple Kyle (Danny Barclay) and Rachel (Laurel Vail) getting all excited about having their first child. But when Rachel discovers the foetus inside her has survived a miscarriage, the show is terminated. The rest of the film is assembled by the TV show’s creator/producer Rick (Rob Cobuzio) from over 275 hours of unaired footage and Rachel’s video diaries, complete with timecode (kind of annoying).

And while the countdown to the dreaded due date of October 20 begins, so do the clichés – dogs sense danger, old foreign ladies sense evil spirits – and the riffs from other possession movies, including The Amityville Horror (the house blessing), The Exorcist (the cold breath in the nursery), Rosemary’s Baby (Rachel eating raw meat and the painting of the nursery), and Paranormal Diaries (the house is wired with cameras). Well, as Brian De Palma said of his Hitchcock-inspired Sisters (1973), if you are going to steal, steal from the best.

Delivery (2013)

The scares are thin on the ground (although Rachel’s paintings of her coupling with Alastor are disturbing and the disappearance of a scary-looking mannequin is quite chilling), the climax is made up of lots of screaming in the dark, and the found footage gimmick realy falls apart when Kyle agrees to document the final month of Rachel’s doomed pregnancy (well, they’d be no ending if he hadn’t).

But the real sticking point for me is when Rachel is revealed to be a manic-depressive who has stopped taking her meds. In reality, anybody taking part in a TV show like this would have undergone a psych evaluation. Considering Rachel’s known medical history, she would have never been selected in the first place. I know the film-makers wanted a ‘Is she or isn’t she? moment, but it just doesn’t work here. If you want to see a films with the same premise, but done with a little more panache, take a look at Lovely Molly

Delivery is available on DVD in the UK through Metrodome


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on May 31, 2014, in Horror, Maybe Miss, Maybe-Miss and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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