Devil's Due

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Devil's Due made me feel sick. Not because I was terrified or even because I was repeatedly shoveling popcorn into my mouth, my eyes trained on the screen. It was because of the incredibly derivative use of home video camera (thank you Blair Witch Project for making every horror film maker think shaky hand-held camera footage and night vision is a good idea).
Devil's Due also added CCTV and home security camera footage, you know, to mix it up.

Basically, the film is about newlyweds Zach ( Zach Gilford) and Samantha McCall (Allison Miller). Zach has a thing where he wants to film every moment of their lives so all their memories are recorded, all very post-modern. This works in moments of celebration, the wedding, the honeymoon, family dinners but there is no reason for it to be on when Sam comes downstairs with a pregnancy test because the pregnancy is unplanned and Zach wasn't expecting this. Nobody films as much as this couple, not even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

The couple honeymoon in the Dominican Republic (cue adventure cam while they zipwire) and on a hazy last night, they meet a taxi driver who takes them to an underground local club and gets them very drunk. The title of the film may give you a bit of clue as to what happens next...but let's just say this Immaculate Conception is far from holy.

75% of this film, directed by Tyler Gillet and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, is a snore-fest; the lead characters aren't engaging enough for you to really care about them when weird things happen, even when vegetarian Sam eats raw meat in a supermarket. They aren't interesting enough or funny enough and the odd happenings throughout her pregnancy aren't rapid or extreme enough to scare or hold the audience's interest.

The action only really picks up in the last 15 minutes, by which time I was nauseous and bored, so just wanted it to end.

Shanika-Says don't waste your money on this one. Any tension in or fear in this horror was well overdue.

*Images sourced from Google

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