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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Film Review: DEVIL’S DUE (2014)

The found footage film finds new life in the film Devil’s Due (2014), a thriller from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.  Zach and Samantha McCall (Zach Gilford and Allison Miller, respectfully) are on their honeymoon when an unexpected night out partying leaves them with little memory of how much fun they actually had in the morning.  It’s not long after that Samantha discovers that she is pregnant but nothing is going as it should.  This is a found footage film so it is Zach who is filming most of what’s going on and it is he who has a curiosity as to what is happening to his wife when mysterious people start showing up and following him everywhere he goes. 

This is very much a modern day retelling of Rosemary’s Baby as told from the perspective of the husband who is the paranoid one as his wife slowly succumbs to the influence of the thing growing inside her.   What the film gets right is the tension that builds between Zach and Samantha as he realizes that she is slowly slipping away from her.  What the film gets wrong is having to rely on the aesthetics of the found footage style to tell the story and how it unravels.

With so many found footage films now (still) being made it’s hard to realize just how many new stories can still be told without seeming to much like a cliché.  This film has its fair share of predictable reveals as is common for this genre.  If anything, this film doesn’t really add anything new to the found footage genre but only adds to the type of film that hadn’t already been tackled by this style.  I will say that very few people outside of fans of the found footage film will be entertained by this film because as is customary with this style very little really happens until the final third of the film.

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