Devil’s Due (2014)

Alright, time to interject my collection with a new release! These ones will be short, to the point, and less frequent than the collection reviews, but I just thought I’d throw it in here. So, my thoughts on “DEVIL’S DUE”

First of all… that poster is awesome.

The imagery for this movie is scary, the idea is sound, and all in all this could have been something cool. I want to preface this, and all other found-footage reviews by saying one thing : I LOVE found footage movies. I really do. When they work, they work. The problem is, when they don’t work…they’re really awful. (Hated Chronicle… just putting that out there to be controversial)

So, this movie is about… well… if you didn’t put it together from the poster:

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. 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.

Sounds alright, and the main actors are…likeable enough. The movie just lacks any kind of substance. It settles for cheap scares and relies really heavily on the satanic imagry, and the shock value of the disturbing pregnancy. It has one to many “that camera doesn’t make sense” moments, which always drive me nuts, and over all the movie just doesn’t make a whole ton of sense.

In general, this contributes to the over-saturation of the found footage genre, and will probably only serve to make people dislike them more. Unfortunately a miss.

There are creepy moments, but not nearly enough to make it hold up. I would skip this one completely, but if you’re looking for a found-footage movie dealing with similar subject matter I recommend The Last Exorcism instead.



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