Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Film Review: DEVIL’S DUE (2014)

There are a lot of things that newly wedded couples can fear but suddenly becoming pregnant is somewhere at the top of the list.  This is part of the premise for the film Devil’s Due (2014), a film that is a modern day retelling of the classic Ira Levin story Rosemary’s Baby by way of a found footage film.

Zach and Samantha McCall (Zach Gilford and Allison Miller, respectfully) have just gotten married.  Everything is perfect on their honeymoon except that at a party they drink a little too much and things get out of hand.  When they return home they discover that they are pregnant despite taking all precautions against it.  At first the idea of Samantha being pregnant is a godsend until, Zach discovers that she is acting strange and he starts to see strange men in the shadows watching over them.  As the day of birth looms ever so closer, Samantha believes that something “else” is going inside her and that the men in shadows want her baby for their own reasons.

With Satanic cults, demonic babies, and men in shadows there is a lot of ground that this treads that has been seen a hundred times before in other films.  The idea of doing this story as a found footage film is a novel one except that it wears its welcome off really fast.  What starts off as a genuine story tactic for the first third of the film (depicting the marriage and honeymoon) comes off as forced for much of the rest of the film and takes you out of the story.

Unfortunately, this is a problem with most found footage films (and films that copy the style) in which the overall story just doesn’t require the style for the duration of the film.  There’s an interesting idea to be had in this modern day version of Rosemary’s Baby but this was probably not the best way to go about it.

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