Devil’s Due Delivers a Modern Version of a Classic Horror Film Premise
Devil’s Due, a new horror movie that was recently released, is an average film that tries to put a modern twist on a horror movie premise that fans are very familiar with. The film takes the same premise used in films from Rosemary’s Baby all the way to Paranormal Activity. The film is about a woman who unknowingly is carrying a demonic child that the Devil is supposed to come and take once it is born. Like in Rosemary’s Baby the woman is impregnated during a Satanic ritual that she is unaware of. But Devil’s Due adds a modern filmmaking twist to this premise by telling the story in a “found footage” format.
In the beginning of the film audiences see Zach being interrogated by police. He is bloody but insisting that he is innocent. As the interrogation continues the story unfolds. Zach and his new bride Samantha travel to the Dominican Republic for a honeymoon. While they are out at an appropriately creepy nightclub celebrating their marriage they are drugged and Samantha is made to undergo a dark ritual where she becomes pregnant with a demonic child. At the time of course she doesn’t know the child isn’t a normal child. Bewildered at the speed at which she got pregnant but happy they announce the impending birth to their families. The home movies that are used to tell the story show happy times with the families and Samantha’s rapidly expanding belly.
As the pregnancy progresses Samantha begins to suspect something is wrong with the baby. She has unexplained nosebleeds, bruising, and other atypical pregnancy symptoms including a fierce craving for raw meat. The cravings are so overwhelming she eats raw steak in the grocery store and feasts on a deer in a local park. She knows something is wrong but has no idea what the problem is.
In the meantime Zach is searching for answers. He suspects that something happened to them that night in the Dominican Republic and starts digging. He remembers a particularly pushy cab driver who was the one who suggested the nightclub. He begins to see the same taxi driver around their home and he becomes suspicious. At one point he breaks into an abandoned house down the street and sees his house, inside and out, and Samantha on surveillance cameras. He knows they are being watched but doesn’t know why.
Near the end of the pregnancy Samantha becomes increasingly unstable as the baby becomes more aggressive. She displays homicidal rage at even the suggestion of a threat to herself or the baby. At one point she takes a knife and cuts her own belly open to free the baby. There is a massive flash of light and all the windows in the house smash. Samantha bleeds out and dies on the floor. The cab driver steps out of the shadows and takes the baby as Zach wonders what just happened. The movie closes with the cab driver picking up a couple in France and driving off with them, implying that the whole process will begin again.
Devil’s Due is not a groundbreaking film by any means, but if you like B movies and don’t mind seeing a film that uses scare tactics that a dozen other movies have used you might enjoy it. The found footage style does make the movie a little more interesting but it doesn’t give enough interest to the film to make it a standout hit. The technique of using supposedly found footage to tell a horror tale in reverse has been done since The Blair Witch Project, although no film since The Blair Witch Project used the found footage technique as successfully as Paranormal Activity did.
The last few years have seen some really imaginative and truly terrifying horror movies hitting the scene. Devil’s Due isn’t one of them. Compared to films like The Conjuring, Insidious, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and other horror movies it’s a forgettable film. But if you have an afternoon or evening to kill and don’t want to watch a seriously scary film Devil’s Due would be a good choice.