Devil’s Due – 0 out of 5
Hollywood seems to really hate privileged white people. Every time there is a demon, ghoul, tortured soul or even the devil himself they always go towards the white people who have huge houses but are never seen working in order to pay for them—or, at least, that is the formula when the tired horror subgenre that is called “found footage” is being used as a cheap and easy method to make a movie and maximize the returns. Sure, it took five films for the Paranormal Activity franchise to finally acknowledge that supernatural monsters are capable of accepting that non-white people also have the right to be haunted but, for the most part, the world of horror feels like only bad things of the supernatural origin happen to whitey. Or maybe Hollywood just hates acknowledging that non-white people exist?
|Hmm...actually, seeing his mug I can kinda understand why evil wants to target him.|
|The lesson is, kids, if you get married your first born will|
be a hell spawn.
|"I'll take you to the best bar that guarantees no demon babies...forget I said anything|
about demon babies."
|"I can feel the baby spewing hell fire!"|
|The arresting officer was too old for that demon shit.|
Like most “found footage” films, the acting is pretty bad. Although, "bad" may be a little too harsh. In Devil's Due, the acting is barely passable. Unlike most “ff” films, however, they don’t go the route of casting actors you’ve never seen before or will only see again in the film’s sequel but actually bring in people you may have seen some time previous, some you kinda recognize, and the guy who was, most recently, on Lost.
|Of course Lost barely compares to his role of Mr. Gorpley on Perfect Strangers.|
|All part of a normal pregnancy, kids.|
|"Help! She's pulling me away with her evil baby powers and, somehow, giving me|
a wedgie at the same time!"
Well, at least you see what Zach is going through, right? Granted you see most of the ordeal that the couple is going through from the Dad-to-be but all you really get from him is a “WTF is going on?" When the film isn’t haphazardly jumping from random, pointless scene to the next scene that shows Samantha may have something evil growing inside of her, all you get is Zach wildly swinging his camera around (until the story decides to just randomly give up the plot point that he likes to film everything) and saying, “What is happening?” Meanwhile, not a single thing that resembles a scare is taking place.
|About as much action as the Paris Hilton sex tape...but kinda sexier though.|
This film offers up no tension, no chill-factor, and nothing remotely scary. Sure, like most “found footage” films, it tries to sneak in a bunch of quick and easy jump scares but more of them are so lazily thrown on the screen that there’s little-to-no surprise to them so they weren’t in the least effective for me. Not to mention when you have to contend with the fact the film has way too much random filler going on that when a scene that is suppose to be scary does show up I met it with the same boredom and disdain I had with the chaotic jumble that was the honeymoon footage.
|I see the boredom of this movie made the blood vessels in your eyes burst, as well.|
|It's a guy behind the camera so, of course, this happens.|
|These show up for split seconds before cutting away. It's like the directors were over|
the editor's shoulder high on cocaine yelling, "CUT THAT! NEW SCENE! MORE COCAINE!"
Devil’s Due is just a weak, weak film that offers up nothing new to an already tired and worn out genre and, even though it tries to act like an homage to a far superior horror film that actually offers up intrigue and scares, the film just comes off like a cheap rip-off. While the film may have won some points for some decent, realistic looking effects, the film can’t hold on to them due to the sub-par acting, uninteresting characters, and a story that feels too familiar to NOT be a remake.