Like many others, I think I expected too much from Devils Due.
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from one of my favorite anthology features V/H/S, and written by Lindsay Devlin, Devils Due had quite an impressive marketing campaign. It’s just a shame it didn’t live up to the hype.
The story kicks off with newlyweds Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha (Allison Miller) jetting off to the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon. On their last night away they accept a ride from a cab driver who offers to take them to an underground party on the outskirts of town. They wake up the next day to head back home with hangovers from hell, literally, and don’t remember much from the previous night. Of course they don’t think to have a look at the video they recorded.
Sam finds out almost immediately that she is pregnant and Zach is overjoyed that they will soon have a family. Sam doesn’t take to the pregnancy quite as well and begins to feel sickly, finding herself losing time, experiencing feral outbursts whenever she feels the baby is threatened and eating things she normally wouldn’t. Not long before she is due Zach realizes that something is indeed horribly wrong, but it’s all too late.
The problem with Devils Due is that not enough happens and the parts that do try to deliver some scares aren’t particularly scary at all and are totally predictable.
I wouldn’t say it’s the worst film I’ve ever watched but I don’t think I would necessarily recommend it either.
Devils Due is a film with a disturbing premise that amounts to nothing more than a revision of a lot of things utilized in horror over the last year. The concept isn’t anything new and there are much better of this out there. The novelty of watching it happen in Devils Due just for the sake of seeing it happen- is pretty much nonexistent. A good point is that the main leads played their roles well.
If you’ve never seen this type of movie and aren’t into hardcore scares, you may just enjoy Devils Due. If you’re a hardcore horror fan like me, you’ll probably be just as disappointed.
WICKED RATING: 3.5/10 [usr 3.5]
Title: Devils Due
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Writer(s): Lindsay Deviln
Stars: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson
Studio/ Production Co: Davis Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)
Length: 89 mins
Sub-Genre: Found footage