Devil’s Due (2014)

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Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson, Aimee Carrero, Vanessa Ray, Michael Papajohn, Griff Furst

Screenplay: Lindsay Devlin

89 mins. Rated R for language and some bloody images.

 

Consider this a What to Expect When You’re Expecting for horror films. Devil’s Due is a January release for this year, which doomed it to begin with. It tells the story of the McCalls, a newlywed couple who, after a disturbing excursion during their honeymoon, discover that they are parents-to-be. Matters get completed further when events transpire leading the realization that their unborn will be the antichrist. Samantha (Allison Miller, TV’s Terra Nova, 17 Again) and Zach (Zach Gilford, The Purge: Anarchy, The Last Stand) grow further and further apart as their different feelings on the baby increase.

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The film is presented in a series of found footage, kind of. This is a bad idea. Essentially, the idea of found footage is that it is supposed to be…found. Devil’s Due has parts of it seen through a video camera, a cell phone, security cameras, police video tapes. This causes the viewers to become confused as they ask, “Who collected all these tapes and organized them in a cinematic fashion?” Nothing visually is appetizing here.

The performances are straight up terrible. I didn’t even really care about anyone in the film because I didn’t believe any of them to actually be having a rough time here. The direction doesn’t really do anything for me.

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I guess what I would say here is that this film is bad, the script from Lindsay Devlin is the first sin here, and everything else follows suit. If you want a scary baby demon film, go grab The Omen or Rosemary’s Baby. Otherwise, save your cash for something better. Maybe kids.

1/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

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