Watch out! Your lover’s womb could be next. A seed might be planted that could grow to be the son of Satan. Fire and brimstone, rivers and seas boiling, human sacrifice, cats and dogs living together; mass hysteria! All right, that line was actually from Ghostbusters, and as you can tell, the subject of today’s movie has to do with the birth of the antichrist. I’m not gonna get into the subject of religion here, as I would fill a text book with my opinion. But the idea of that kind of monster has been present in many horror movies before, so it’s worth exploring.
When I think of a good example, I looks to Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen (not the remake!). Both films had an uncomfortable but creepy tone that express a radical change in environment and personality shifts around the darkness. The hosting bodies of the devil were probably not even aware of the danger, but went along with it because their instincts gave them the though on how this was how things were supposed to be. Now how do you bring back a sub genre that’s been ignored for a while? Try making it modern of course, so give it a found footage spin, and we’ll call it Devil’s Due.
It starts with a young man named Zach is being interrogated by detectives about an event that were unaware of, except that he’s covered in blood. Of course the authorities think that he committed a murder, even though he’s denying it. Cutting to nine months before. Zach is marrying the girl of his dreams Samantha. Now unlike Zach who has a big family, Samantha is a foster child, not knowing whatever happened to her parents. They seem like a nice couple as they exchange their vows and take their honeymoon to the Dominican Republic.
A fun evening takes a turn for the strange as they take a cab to delivers them to some underground club. You see some sort of cult ritual being performed on Samantha before it cuts to them waking up in the hotel room. They arrive to their new home to open wedding gifts, only to also receive the gift of a pregnancy. They celebrate, despite insisting that they were both protective during sex. But as the baby bump starts to get bigger, Zach starts to notice bad mood swings in Samantha as she develops more strength, craving for raw meat, and acting out violent of she feels threatened. A collapse of their church minister leads Zach to understand that their unborn child could be dangerous.
As far as a traditional horror film, it’s nothing new. It’s just another story about people in denial that the devil is walking with them and people that are Satan worshippers are trying to encourage the monsters wrath. Give me a break! It’s not even better then the other stories, as it also resorts to plenty of jump scares. I’m never a fan of jump scares. They’re obnoxious.
I want to discuss a major plot hole that ruined the movie for me. It opens and ends with a police station interrogation, as if the guy is telling his story. The Devil’s Due is supposed to be a “found footage” movie. It’s made as one, but it doesn’t act like one. Right in the middle of the movie, Zach finally decides to look at the honeymoon footage to figure out what’s going on with his wife (you mean neither one of them saw their own honeymoon video?). And not to mention that the police say that they could not find any evidence (THIS IS A FOUND FOOTAGE MOVIE!). We’re they kidding with us?
This gets one doomed baby stroller out of five. The Devil’s Due is simply more proof that the found footage game is dying. This is a movie that clearly doesn’t care if it’s good or not, so why should I care?