Tuesday Releases: Devil’s Due

APRIL 29TH, 2014

DEVIL’S DUE // With the creativity and ingenuity found in their “V/H/S/” anthology short film, “10/31/98”, about a group of guys who find themselves in an haunted house by mistake on Halloween, one would imagine that directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett could bring the same level of genius to their first feature film. Unfortunately, “Devil’s Due” proves to be yet another stale exploration in the found-footage sub-genre of horror films. Lead by fresh faces Allison Miller and Zach Gilford, the pair plays newlyweds that return from their honeymoon and begin to experience paranormal events, only to find out Miller’s character is pregnant and likely with the devil. Following a new trend in horror films to build themselves around a few reoccurring set pieces, the entire film lacks the heightened suspense needed to achieve in its eventual scares. A devil fetus pushing out on its mother’s stomach is not scary. Piles of ash left in the house is not scary. What happened to the director pair that brought us practical effects in a haunted house, with hands coming out of the walls and an eerie cult in the attic trying to exorcize a young woman? Instead, we are given a retread of absolutely every found footage horror gimmick being used today. A saving grace for the film comes in the form of newcomer Allison Miller and her ability to make the on-screen relationship feel authentic by remaining the adorable young woman that rolls with the punches, whether those punches include being frightened by her own body or being found eating a dead deer. To give the directors some benefit of the doubt, a successful first feature can be a difficult achievement to accomplishment. All we can hope for is that they either learn from their mistakes on their next feature or return to their short-form roots.

New Releases
The Best Offer
Devil’s Due
Escape from Tomorrow
Gimme Shelter
Gloria (2014)  2-denied2-small
Hercules: The Legend Begins
Labor Day (2013)
The Rocket
The Selfish Giant 2-denied2-small

TV Box Set
  • Dynasty: Season Eight
  • Godzilla: The Complete Animated Series
  • Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series
  • Mr. Selfridge: Season Two
  • Salems Lot: The Miniseries
Special Editions/Other Releases
  • Approved for Adoption   
  • Art Machine
  • Bad Country   
  • Betty Boop: Essential Collection Three
  • Black Torment
  • Bucksville
  • Cellar Dweller
  • Dead Shadows
  • The Forgotten (2014)
  • Gamera Legacy Collection
  • The Great Jesse James Raid
  • Hallucination Strip
  • Il Sorpasso: Criterion
  • Lady Peacock
  • Little Big Horn (1951)
  • Locker 13   2-denied2-small
  • Panhandle
  • Ride A Crooked Trail
  • The Rise and Fall Of The Clash
  • Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie
  • These Birds Walk   2-denied2-small
  • Trouble Every Day
  • Up the Junction
  • Zombie Games: The Knackery

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