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Blu-ray review: ‘Devil’s Due’ is a derivative and nauseating horror film

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Devil’s Due” will officially release to Blu-ray for the first time on April 29. But the Chico Move Examiner warns readers the film is easily one of the worst of 2014.

The film:

Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha (Allison McCall) get married and decide to spend their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. While there, they get escorted around by some creepy taxi driver. Their last night consists of some wild partying, and they wake up the next morning not remembering what happened.

A few weeks after the trip, Samantha discovers she is pregnant. Neither of the two expected it so early into their marriage, but they are excited to welcome a new bundle of joy into the world. However, Samantha starts exhibiting some weird, satanic-like behavior.

Like a lot of other horror films being released today, “Devil’s Due” is told through found footage. Zach can’t go anywhere without a camera; every single thing has to be documented. And just like a lot of other films in this genre, people tell him to put the camera away, and he says it’s his “thing.” When he’s running to see what’s wrong with his wife, he brings a camera with him, and we see the shaking and unsteady imagery through the lens.

There’s a pivotal point in the film, where Zach finally figures out what happened on the night the couple blacked out during their honeymoon. And how does he discover it? Why, his camera just happened to be on during that time. Of course, he doesn’t bother to look at the footage until months after his wife starts showing some odd behavior like eating raw meat and going nuts on some guy who accidentally bumped her with his car.

“Devil’s Due” is full of so many obvious things. Whenever we see a creepy character, that character fits the stereotype of someone who’s creepy. One example is when some random dude is watching the couple through a window at their home, and the audience sees that he has a pedophile mustache. Of course, this dude is never really seen again, so the whole scene – like the rest of the movie – is absolutely pointless.

The Blu-ray:

The video quality is fine, considering that all the footage is seen through the lens of a handheld camera; a camera attached to the lead’s shirt; or through security footage. There weren't any transfer problems in this department, or in the audio department. Both come across clearly.

The special features:

“Devil’s Due” does come with a lot of special features. Some are worth checking out, while others are meaningless.

Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, as well as producers Chad Villella and Justin Martinez, provide commentary for the film.

There are more than 16 minutes of deleted scenes and extended footage. This includes an extended ending that might have been fitting for the film if it was left in the final cut.

“Radio Silence: A Hell of a Team” looks at the people who made “Devil’s Due.” And they also discuss their previous works and how “Devil’s Due” came to be.

“Ashes to Ash” is a minute-long special effects shot.

“The Last Time,” “Roommate Alien Prank Goes Bad,” and “Mountain Devil Prank Fails Horribly” are all short films created by the Radio Silence team.

There’s a trailer for “Devil’s Due,” and trailers for other Fox films, including “3 Days to Kill”; “Joy Ride 3”; and “RoboCop.”

Grades:

Film: D-

Audio/Video: B+/B

Special Features: B+

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