Devil’s Due (2013) | Honeymooners bring back a satanic souvenir in a derivative found footage horror
The horror chiller Devil’s Due debuts on Sky Premiere at 8pm tonight. Catch it on Sky 301/314, Virgin 401/431.
After a drunken night on their honeymoon in the Dominic Republic, Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha (Allison Miller) are forced to deal with an unplanned pregnancy on their return home. While recording everything for his unborn child, Zach becomes troubled by his wife’s increasing erratic behaviour. But as the due date gets closer and sinister forces begin to converge, it becomes chillingly evident that the child Sam is carrying is in fact the next antichrist.
This horror hokum by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, two members of the collective Radio Silence (V/H/S and V/H/S 2), is essentially Rosemary’s Baby meets Paranormal Activity by way of a dozen other horror classics.
It must be hard for filmmakers to try and come up with inventive ways of segueing the found footage formula into their narrative. Here’s it’s made up of video diaries, home movies and CCTV footage. But it looks laboured here (pardon the pun) and lacks logic (why are there so many cameras monitoring the couple’s home, who edited all this together, and where did Zach buy that seemingly indestructible movie camera?). It also makes Zach, who’s obsessively filming everything, come off as a right dick. Mind you, both of them are pretty unlikeable from the outset – she’s a health nut airhead and he’s just plain annoying. So when their cosy suburban world collapses around them, its kind of fun to watch them squirm.
Horror fans will breathe a heavy sigh at all the classic shockers this stillborn horror rips off: The opening of Halloween is replicated shot for shot; the crib from Rosemary’s Baby is there, so is Dr Saperstein (aka Dr Dylan) and the scene where Rosemary eats raw meat. Then there’s the priest coughing up blood and the faceless satanic worshippers monitoring the house (aka The Omen and The Amityville Horror) and lots of night vision (Blair Witch of course). The list goes on. The filmmakers also miss an opportunity of delving into the mysterious cartel of demon baby-makers, who are kept in the shadows throughout the film.
But as ill conceived as it is, Devil’s Due does manage a couple of effective scares, something the dullard Delivery never manages from the outset (check out my review here). These include some teens getting thrown sky high when they interrupt Sam feasting on a deer in the woods, Sam going bonkers in the nursery scratching satanic symbols on the floor, and the labour scene.
Devil’s Due is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in the UK through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and includes as extras, deleted scenes, viral videos and some Radio Silence shorts.
Posted on June 13, 2014, in Horror, Might See, Might-See and tagged Allison Miller, American horror, Devil's Due, Horror, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Might See, Radio Silence, Satanic horror, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Tyler Gillett, Zach Gilford. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.