Devil's Due Movie Review
Devil's Due bills itself as "one of the most terrifying horror films ever conceived." We must have missed the memo where a stereotypical found footage thriller that recycles old material and tricks constitutes as one of the most terrifying horror films ever conceived.
The movie is about a newlywed couple who gets pregnant while on their honeymoon. Unfortunately for them, the wife (Allison Miller) may have unknowingly gotten knocked up by the Devil. Or is going to give birth to the Devil. Typical pregnancy issues apply.
Devil's Due is your pretty typical found footage horror movie, meaning that if you're into these kinds of things and don't mind generic horror, you won't hate it. At only 89 minutes, the movie is fast paced and gets to the good stuff quickly enough, though "good stuff" is relative. Devil's Due has your typical clichés:
- Wife opens her eyes in the middle of the night, seemingly in a trance
- Priest encounters the pregnant woman and starts bleeding
- Woman starts carving symbols in the floor
- Pregnant belly swells unnaturally when no one's looking
- Creepy man watches the house from across the street
The filmmakers do little to present anything new, though that's less the problem than the story itself, which just doesn't have much meat. Devil's Due portrays one weird event after the other, some of them effective, many of them shrugworthy, but pieced together they don't amount to anything more than a series of horror vignettes. At least Miller is nice to look at.
The movie's biggest problem is the third act, which is not uncommon among horror movies. The ending is not only unoriginal but painfully dull; it ends in exactly the way you'd expect it to. The forced found footage style really limits the possibilities, too. If you've seen any other found footage horror movie, you more or less know exactly how this one ends.
Devil's Due is essentially Rosemary's Baby meets Paranormal Activity, but without the quality of the former and the tension of the latter. The found footage approach doesn't make sense half the time, and a terrible third act makes Devil's Due a movie that should have been aborted shortly after conception.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.