Monday, February 17, 2014

‘Devil’s Due’ brings fear to theatre

By: Alyssa Ballard
“Devil’s Due” is a supernatural-thriller film that was released January 17. Directors Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Oplin, and writer Lindsay Devlin had a sinister plan for the movie. With a budget of $7 million dollars, the box office raked in approximately $24,521,533. Most of the money spent was on things like props, effects, and special feature.  
   The story is about a young couple named Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha McCall (Allison Miller,) who are newlywed and headed to the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon. The couple visits a sketchy fortune-teller who repeatedly informs them that, “They’ve been waiting for you.” Zach and Samantha also take a ride in a mysterious cab which takes them to a bar. Samantha ends up pregnant with no memory of how it happened because she had been taking birth control religiously. The couple takes multiple trips to the doctor after a series of sketchy events Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the movie, but eventually the baby is due and it kills Samantha. The end of the movie shows another couple going on their honeymoon getting in the same cab that Zach and Samantha took in the beginning of the movie. The time span for all of these events is a little under a year, about the span of a normal pregnancy.
   This movie didn’t get much love from critics on the internet or in the theatres. The movies overall rating was two stars, which is about a 3.9 out of 10. Avid blogger and movie reviewer Peter Sobczynski said, “ The latest movie aspirant for future heavy rotation on the lesser cable channels is ‘Devil’s Due,’ a bit of satanic silliness that is so derivative and full that it makes gumdrops like ‘The Devil Inside,’ and ‘The Last Exorcism part II’ seem borderline competent by comparison-that is, if anyone watching it could stay awake long enough to make the comparisons.”
   People who watched this movie were also mostly viewers of movies such as “Paranormal Activity”, “V/H/S”, and “Rosemary Baby.” Movie critics have claimed that “Devil’s Due” is like the 1976 hit horror film “The Omen”, a critically acclaimed film a child who is proclaimed as the anti-Christ. Even though the two aren’t remarkably related, they both deal with satanic children. ‘Devil’s Due is rated R.’ The film is 89 minutes long and was distributed by 20th Century Fox.
   If you’re not a fan of horror, and you get bored easily during movies, this is definitely not for you. Just by the ratings and reviews it got, you can tell it wasn’t exactly a crowd pleaser and didn’t really bring much excitement or fear to its viewers.

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