Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
Written by Lindsay Devlin
Starring: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson
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.
Spoilers (like it matters)
If you’re considering trudging through the icy tundra to see Devil’s Due…don’t. The newest Satanic thriller falls short in nearly every way. Once again, here’s another film that plays out like an episode of Tales from the Darkside if it had a large budget. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, this film would’ve worked better as an hour-long television episode versus a feature-length movie. Showcasing the stupidity of Americans traveling abroad, Devil’s Due is a masterpiece of poor decisions. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, then you know I’m terrified of foreign travel when it comes to film, and this one works hard to reinforce staying home in relative security and comfort.
Samantha (Miller) and Zach (Gilford) are freshly married and ready to start a long life together. They honeymoon in Santa Dominga, a place surely devoid of ages-old cults and shady natives. The duo seals their fate when they get lost in the back streets and opt for an overly pushy/friendly taxi driver. The local takes the couple far off the beaten tourism path to a hidden party filled with locals and vacationers. Spirits flow and one shot becomes ten. By now, the dark magic has done its job, and Samantha’s hangover heralds her eventual fate.
Obsessed with recording everything for posterity’s sake, Zach offers the found footage set up, stashing video cameras in every nook and cranny of their home, also recording every mundane moment possible. We all know how things go from here. It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the film, anyone with a working knowledge of horror can add it all together. Priests stroke out, dogs growl (-100 points for killing the family dog, assholes), family members freak out, mysterious strangers loom around every corner, et al.
There are some cool moments in Devil’s Due. The acting was believable and I enjoyed Zach and Samantha for the most part. The fresh-faced Allison Miller is beautiful along her path to Satanic undoing, and yes, it’s come to mentioning how hot the cast is. Aside from some genuinely creepy special effects, Devil’s Due is a firm Devil’s DON’T. Don’t be shocked if there’s no happy ending, this isn’t a film about the good guys winning. You shouldn’t be shocked at the vacuous characterization and plot; this film is sadly on par for films of this nature.
Ultimately, Devil’s Due is a chore to complete. If you’re looking for a Rosemary’s Baby 2014, then just watch Roman Polanski’s ultimate devil baby film. Rosemary’s Baby is the perfect film, regardless of genre, and serves as a glaring reminder of how little writers care about horror in 2014.
Devil’s Due is a solid D+.