Movie Review: Devil’s Due (2014)

Sweet Poster, Terrible Movie
Sweet Poster, Terrible Movie

Reviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

Found footage films are everywhere now, we’ve seen the tricks, and we know what to expect. But sometimes a movie comes along that tricks us like we’ve never seen before. It manages to shock us, dismay us, or even disturb us. Devil’s Due does none of those things unfortunately.

A newlywed couple blacks out on their honeymoon, and return home to discover that she’s pregnant. As the couple prepares for the birth of their new bundle of joy in their lives, something isn’t quite right with this pregnancy, and it’s going to be documented by a fancy camera.

Do needles freak you out? This scene may bother you.
Do needles freak you out? This scene may bother you.

What Worked:

There’s not much to include in this section I’m afraid, but I can say the visual effects are quite nice. When things get crazy, items start being tossed around, ripped apart or explode, it looks fantastic, and at times can be quite jarring. The camera work is also quite nice, and very little of it can be nausea inducing, so there’s a plus there as well.

Video tape the pregnancy they said, it will be fun they said.
Video tape the pregnancy they said, it will be fun they said.

What Doesn’t Work:

A found footage film only works if they can keep the audience engaged, guessing what’s going to happen next, and surprising them around every corner. Devil’s Due doesn’t try to break the chain of cliche found horror footage, instead recycling the same sets of cues from Paranormal Activity or VHS before it. (To be fair, the director rocked VHS with the final short). Nothing feels fresh, and I could call every single scare before they even start to set things up. Predictability kills any tension you can feel, and thus good chunks of the film are incredibly dull.

Indigestion is the worst, isn't it?
Indigestion is the worst, isn’t it?

I found myself not caring about anyone in the film either, they don’t feel real to me, so I can’t connect with what’s happening. The birth of the antichrist should feel like an epic occasion, yet I just wanted them to pull the damn thing out of her so we could end the damn movie.

Final Score:

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Devil’s Due is a waste of time, and not even the fun kind. It’s a reminder on why the month of January exists, to release the tons of crap the studios don’t even believe in. Perhaps with the aide of alcohol, this movie may be enjoyable. 2.5/10

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