Aaand we’re back. This time I’m tackling Devil’s Due, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. This appears to be the debut feature-length directing gig for both of them, so I’m sure both their powers combined can come up with a great full length movie, right?
Samantha and Zach are a newlywed couple spending their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. ever since the night before their wedding, Zach has been recording portions of their life for their future child to see. On their last night of vacation they decide to take the advice of a cab driver and go to a low-key bar. After getting drunk out of their trees, we see that they black out and are carried somewhere where some strange ritual shit is going down. Luckily the camera is still turned on to catch it happening.
Once the couple get back it’s not long before Sam learns she’s pregnant. It’s happy news at first, but as time passes strange things begin to happen with Sam. It starts small, but as the movie goes on it’s clear that there’s something majorly wrong with her.
Devil’s Due is…ok. From what I’m gathering, I don’t seem to hate it quite as much as a lot of people do. I had previously heard it borrows heavily from movies such as Rosemary’s Baby, The Paranormal Activity movies, and The Omen. And to be honest, yeah I can see that. I suppose one could also call this movie The Paranormal Omen Baby.
With that though, there are a couple of decent aspects to the movie. The characters Zach and Sam, while not fleshed out very much, were quite likeable and I was happy to find I didn’t want any sort of harm to come to them. Which might sound funny had I not already complained in the past about the lack of likeable protagonists these days.
The scares and effects were nothing special, or even all that original. The majority of the scares were jump scares as you might expect, but they weren’t all bad or cheap. And I found I didn’t mind some of the creepier parts thrown in. I mean, if I was recording my wife while she slept and she just opened her eyes and grabbed my wrist with unnatural strength, all while staring off into nowhere, I would be pretty creeped out.
I’m not sure what else I can say. If you watched the previously mentioned movies Devil’s Due borrowed from, it’s fairly safe to say you’re watching a longer version of the movie. But despite that, I didn’t have a terrible time watching it. We’re getting to a point where it’s all been done before. And while I don’t necessarily condone the lack of originality here, I don’t know how much longer it’ll be before it’s the same old shit every single time. It’ll just come down to how well the people making the movie can use the same formula and make it look good. Hell, you could say The Conjuring is a good example of that.
Anyway, I think I’ve gone on long enough here. The bottom line? I don’t recommend spending the money to see it in theater, but when it eventually comes out on Netflix or similar streaming site, I don’t think it’ll hurt to burn an hour and a half just to see for yourself what it’s all about. Until next time, rest in peace.
Macabre Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars