Everyone assumed the found footage genre would have played out by now, but thanks to the horror genre and films like the Paranormal Activity franchise it is stronger than ever. The latest Devil’s Due, from the trailers looks to take the possession aspect to a whole new level, but does it deliver or end up like so many others with a failed ending and overall disappointing entry into the genre?
Devil’s Due follows a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy after mysterious events during their honeymoon. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Much like every one of these films they use the slow build of watching these characters do random stuff to set it up, but thankfully here most of it is necessary for the overall character development and direction of the story as opposed to filler. Early on they took a visual chance that sets the tone of this idea and went kind of big with it that could have gone horribly wrong, but they kept it minimal visually which actually made it more effective. There are a few moments as always where the characters make silly decisions but for the most part they really attempt to keep it all working and not overly silly. The slow build keeps things interesting and actually has a big payoff in regards to the outcome. There are some great visuals and they push it to the bloody limit as well as some well-done special effects that enhance the impact.
Sure unless you are a fan of the genre then you will most likely not like this one, especially if you are one of those that gets motion sickness as this one is all over the place at times. Unlike some of the others of its kind this one not only gave you and actual ending, but also set things up for a sequel without feeling forced and allowing for an all new direction. If you enjoy films like The Blair Witch Project or the Paranormal Activity franchise then you will no doubt enjoy this one, if not then you probably won’t be checking it out anyway.