There has been a resurgence of Antichrist movies in recent horror flicks, with movies like Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen and now The Devil’s Due all taking advantage of it.
From Satanic rituals carried out by figures in black hooded gowns to symbolic messages and the evil unborn children of Satan, the new addition to the antichrist family fits right in with the other gothic heavy hitters.
The film follows young newlyweds Sam and Zach in a fly on the wall style documentary style piece, using a mixture of wedding video tapes, security cameras and hand held holiday cameras.
The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and REC have all used the handheld horror genre to mixed results. But, it is the jumpy moments that make these films scary, something that Devil’s Due fails to do.
The film begins when the starring couple get married and they discover they are expecting on their honeymoon. As we follow Sam throughout her pregnancy we notice her personality begins to change.
In one scene Sam, a strict vegetarian, develops an instant desire for raw meat at the supermarket. Through the gritty perspective of the supermarket security cameras we see Sam rip open the packaging of raw meat and begin to feast.
The horror in Devil’s Due makes for a slow start, half an hour in and we are still watching Sam and Zach’s honeymoon tapes
Even the two actors who do try their best to make you care for them can’t save this clichéd mess. The film is highly predictable and the end is sadly disappointing.
Expectations are set low thanks to the other low budget handheld horror flicks that preceded this, but even by that standard Devil’s Due is still simply not worth your time.