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Title: Devil’s Due
Release date: April 29, 2014
After a mysterious night on their honeymoon, Zach and Samantha McCall (Zach Gilford, Allison Miller) find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything on video for posterity, Zach begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially attribute to nerves, but it soon becomes evident the disturbing changes to Samantha’s body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, part of the quartet of filmmakers known as Radio Silence (V/H/S), and produced by John Davis (Chronicle), Devil’s Due utilizes a found footage-style of storytelling to deliver an emotional, character-driven thriller that showcases supernatural scares and disquieting dread.
Blu-ray Exclusive Features
- Deleted Scenes
- Radio Silence: A Hell of a Team
- Audio Commentary with Directors
- Director’s Photo Album
Horror movies are one of my favourite genres. I’ve been watching them since VCRs first came out in the 80s! John and I recently watched Devil’s Due on Blu-ray and had the opposite opinions about it. He didn’t like it and wasn’t scared watching it. On the other hand, I really enjoyed it and thought it was very creepy. I would never want to watch it alone!
Zach and Samantha are on their honeymoon in Dominican Republic and on their last night there become lost in the streets of Santa Domingo. A lone cab driver picks them up and asks them if they want to go somewhere fun. They say sure and he brings them to an underground party. They drink a little too much and wake up the next day not knowing how they get back to their hotel room.
I should mention that the style of this movie is “found footage” meaning it’s shot by one of the characters. That style is jumpy and takes some getting used to. I actually like movies done in this style so I didn’t mind at all.
Anyways back to the party in Dominican Republic….after Sam and Zach pass out, the viewer is shown them being dragged into some kind of weird ritual with chants and fire in the background. It was eerie.
Fast forward 7 weeks and Sam finds out she is pregnant and it’s a honeymoon baby. Zach is ecstatic he is going to be a dad and continues to record EVERYTHING.
The movie continues on with Sam developing strange symptoms and exhibiting very alarming behaviour. They are attributing it to the pregnancy, but the viewer knows it’s something much more sinister. Some of the things she does are very disturbing. For instance, she is a vegetarian, but goes to the grocery store and starts eating raw meat right in the front of everyone. No one says anything though which is a bit strange.
One part that confused me was seeings someone installing secret video cameras all over Zach and Sam’s house. I didn’t know if it was Zach who was maybe feeling like he didn’t want to haul the camera everywhere he goes or if it was someone who broke in and was doing it. It’s not explained till the end.
Expect a few scares. I yelped a couple times during some of the freakier parts. John, on the other hand, wasn’t scared at all. The supernatural type of movies scare me while he is afraid of zombie movies which don’t bother me at all.
Devil’s Due has some similar elements to other horror films I’ve seen. It’s like Rosemary’s Baby with the sinister pregnancy and Paranormal Activity with the found footage and jumpy camera actions. It was also similar to Hostel in the way that the bad guys were targeting tourists to a foreign country.
My only complaint is that I wish there had been a little more to the climax of the movie. I found it a little underwhelming and was expecting a little more to happen.
John and I have agreed to disagree on Devil’s Due. I enjoyed it and would watch it again and he didn’t care for it. If you like a scary movie, give it a try!
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