Movie Review: ‘Devil’s Due’

Jarrett Quick

‘Devil’s Due’ is another one of the seemingly endless avalanche of documentary style horror movies, and it does not do much to distinguish itself as an original addition to the growing genre.

‘Devil’s Due’ begins with newlyweds Samantha (Allison Miller) and Zach (Zach Gilford) and their honeymoon trip to Santo Domingo. On their last night, they are persuaded into going deep in to a secret underground party club. After a few drinks, the party escalates, a cult somehow involved with the euro gets involved, and things start getting pretty dark. ‘Devil’s Due’ is essentially Rosemary’s Baby with heavy helpings of Paranormal Activity.

The biggest flaw with Devil’s Due is just how unoriginal it is. This film is really trying to bring something new to the well worn territory of found-footage films. The movie felt really lopsided and even if it was only an hour- and-a-half-long, I still felt that the first half of the film really dragged on. There is one intense scene in the woods that was pretty well done and actually reminded me of ‘Evil Dead 2’ in a way.

The best thing ‘Devil’s Due’ has going for it is the acting. The characters are pretty charming for most of the film and the scenes in which characters are not making terrible decisions, it is easy to feel for them. Pregnancy is already a scary concept for a lot of people, and this film takes that fear and really amplifies it in some of the more brutal scenes.

The film sets itself up for a sequel, but the end result is a pretty unsatisfying experience. The special effects during the heavy moments looked pretty bad, and some of the scary moments end up being funnier than intended. It is also pretty hard to believe anyone would film that much video and not be able to use it to prove the insane happenings this family is experiencing. I know it is a horror movie, but these people are pretty dumb.

If you happen to catch this on Netflix, it is not the worst way to spend an 1 1/2 hours, but it definitely is not the best. ‘Devil’s Due’ is not very original, but the few moments of intensity it does have are easily outweighed by predictable plot lines and jump scares.