Not that the film does anything similar to the classic movie mentioned above but the concept is similar. Hitting theaters today is the found footage horror baby flick Devil’s Due starring Friday Night Lights television quarterback Zach Gilford and Allison Miller (Terra Nova). The film is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (VHS) who brings their unique style of bodies being swept off the ground into more of a full on movie than a short. I didn't have many expectations for this film as I felt the sub genre as a whole is starting to dwindle. In my opinion for a film of this magnitude it’s a little too late. The sad part is the film really does nothing more than prove it’s a passed it’s time. A lack of scares really hurts the film that has a decent concept and a story that could have allowed for some good creepiness.
The movie follows Zach and Samantha McCall (Gilford & Miller) as two newlyweds heading to Santa Domingo for their honeymoon. Of course the over sensitive husband (which gets to be a tad annoying) wants to document their entire lives as they begin their journey on becoming a family. They are given a gift of an adventure cam so they can continue to document things without the need of holding a handheld camera. After what seems to be a wonderful vacation the two are approached by a taxi driver who leads them for one last hurrah to celebrate their trip. You find out this becomes the biggest mistake of their young marriage.
When they return home Samantha finds out she’s pregnant and things to start to become a little strange for the two. Not only is the pregnancy itself of concern but Zach feels as if his new family may also be being watched. You soon find out that Samantha’s behavior has changed drastically and she has become the vessel to a child no woman would want to carry.
The real issues with the film is there seems to be a disconnect with how Samantha was dealing with the child and the direction the movie wanted to take in displaying it. The scenes where she was violent and brutal were very welcomed and if more of that was implemented it could have made this a more solid horror. There just weren’t enough scares in this film and with the bevy of found footage movies out there it makes Devil’s Due easily forgettable. I really liked the overall concept of the movie and I don't think any of the parties involved did a bad job of executing the film. This movie justs seemed to dabble a little too much into the PG-13 world for me. Parts that really had a chance to excel fell flat or were done so quickly that they had a minimal effect. It’s a shame too because with a corporation like Fox behind this film I was expecting more of a roller coaster of a film but felt more like I was at a county fair,.There is a minimal amount of gore in the film and if you are familiar with these guys work then you will understand the type of effects used throughout.
I’ll be curious to see the numbers on this film as it more than likely will get overlooked on an NFL Playoff weekend. Those who venture out to see it will probably leave with the same feelings I have. That in world filled with smart and crafty horror this just seemed like a numbers grab to continue to piggyback off a dwindling form of horror. VHS fans may flock to see Devil’s Due and I understand why but I feel they as well may get the impression of being slighted. Devil’s Due has a tons of potential but just does not have enough going on to make this a must see horror film. 2014 has a tidal wave of great horror coming your way in the distant future so don't worry it will get better from here.