DEVIL'S DUE DVD (2014)
SYNOPSIS: A young couple's blessed event turns into their worst nightmare in one of the most terrifying horror films ever conceived! After a mysterious night on their honeymoon, Zach and Samantha McCall find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything on video for posterity, Zach notices odd behavior in his wife, which they initially attribute to nerves, although it soon becomes evident that the disturbing changes to Samantha's body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
Devil’s Due is easily another sub-standard, by product of the found footage phenomenon directed by two dudes whose only notable entry on their resume is the horror anthology V/H/S.
Completely lacking of any originality except the killing of some random deers, the entire premise is lifted out of Roman Polanski’s horror classic, Rosemary’s Baby. The younger generation probably never caught Polanski’s flick and I assumed the filmmakers thought the same thing too. Come on, Fox can easily forked out $7 million for this rip off. And they of course made a pretty good bet in the end.
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillettand screenwriter Lindsay Devlin (fortunately not by the name of Lohan) coughed out a tale that involves a newly wed couple Zach and Sam who are expecting a somewhat different child. Unknowingly stepping into a trap set by an occult while they are on their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, Sam begins to develop super powers, causing the local priest to vomit blood and consuming raw meats at the supermarket etc during her pregnancy. Something sinister is happening but what the hell is it? Is the mysterious cab driver involved? Or is there really an occult watching the couple’s every moves and waiting for the devil baby to be born?
The found footage genre has been done to death and Devil’s Due generally contributes nothing substantial or believability for that matter to convince us that the treatment actually enhanced the viewing experience. No, those shaky, poorly lit environments don’t make me feel the chill in fact the main culprit is the air-conditioning in the room where this review is written.
The entire movie delivers little thrills and the setting up of the satanic occult becomes just a plotting device to drag the story along to the hastily done climax. Strictly, a title that needs to be exorcised ASAP.
A Theatrical Trailer plus 8 uneventful Deleted Scenes (with an extended ending) is included.
The DVD comes with an intended showcase of lackluster homemade video feel though the soundtrack is incredibly bombastic and dynamic.
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Review by Linus Tee