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Devil's Due

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Found-footage horror movie is gory and gross.
  • Review Date: January 17, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
No real messages here, except that, if you're ever in Santo Domingo and a cab driver offers to take you to a "special" nightclub, refuse.
Positive role models
The characters don't exhibit any extraordinary behavior, and they don't really learn anything; it's just a young couple trying to have a baby and getting scared by things outside their experience.
Violence
In the final stretch, we see a gory, bloody corpse, with a woman smearing the blood all over the floor. The demon-possessed woman is shown eating from the bloody corpse of a dead deer (slightly offscreen), and a second dead, bloody, insect-ridden deer is shown. A woman slices open her stomach. When the demon has fits of violence, it throws people and furniture into the air; one teen is thrown into a car, and his bloody hand is shown. The main character is shown covered with blood. A priest has a bloody nose, and blood dribbles onto his white cloak. There's a brief, partly obscured satanic ritual. A doctor sticks a big needle into the pregnant woman's stomach. Otherwise, there are some jump-shocks and other scary imagery.
Sex
A young married woman gets pregnant, there's lots of discussion about her pregnancy, i.e. trips to the doctor, to classes, etc. There are references to "the pill." The couple kisses frequently. In one shot, the woman takes a bath, and there's a tiny glimpse of her, naked, in the distance, through a doorway. She is shown in other scenes in a towel after a shower, and in a tank top and panties waking up in the morning. In another shot, the man makes a joke by holding a breast pump next to his crotch area.
Language
Language includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as a few uses of "Jesus" and "oh my God," plus one "jackass."
Consumerism
An Apple computer is shown, with the logo very visible. The couple receives a Vitamix for a wedding present, and the woman is shown gushing over the gift for a moment.
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
During their honeymoon, the couple is shown drinking heavily at a club, downing shots, etc. They both wake up with a hangover. Afterward, wine bottles and wine glasses seem to be ever-present at their house, but it's very rare that anyone is actually seen drinking it. (People are seen holding glasses, and glasses are shown empty, etc.)

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Devil's Due is yet another "found footage" horror movie, which also borrows several ideas from "demon baby" movies like Rosemary's Baby. It contains a decent amount of blood, including a gory corpse, a stomach-slicing, and two dead, bloody deer. The movie also features lots of shouting and scary stuff. It talks about certain details surrounding a pregnancy, though sex isn't particularly shown or discussed. The couple kisses a lot, we see the woman wearing only towels and/or panties, and there's some brief innuendo. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink shots and get very drunk at a club, and wake up with a hangover.

What's the story?

On the eve of his wedding to Samantha (Allison Miller), Zach (Zach Gilford) decides he wants to document everything about their lives together on video. Their wedding goes beautifully, and they have a nice time on their honeymoon in Santo Domingo, except for that one night with the weird cab driver that took them to that underground nightclub, where they drank too much and woke up back in their hotel room. Not long after returning, Samantha realizes she's pregnant. But strange things begin to happen. Their doctor suddenly disappears, and vegetarian Samantha develops a craving for raw meat. Plus she begins carving something on the nursery floor. What happened that night in Santo Domingo?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
As soon as DEVIL'S DUE begins with the typical, twitchy, flickering credit sequence, it reveals that it has not a single fresh idea, and indeed it copies virtually every moment from better movies. If it hadn't been a "found footage" movie, it might have generated some sympathy with the likeable characters, but instead it burns a great deal of energy trying to justify the characters holding a camera at every waking moment.
 
But even then, Devil's Time has to contend with the queen mother of all "demon baby" movies, Rosemary's Baby, and it fails miserably. The Zach character is genuinely excited about the baby, but he's not very smart and he misses all the clues. If he had been a little more wary, it could have created some tension. And Samantha is more or less a victim, unable to communicate effectively about what's going on and whether or not she's frightened. As it stands, it feels like hardly anything actually does happen. This is one for the diaper pail.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this kind of "found footage" horror film. What makes it scary, or not scary? How does it compare to other kinds of films?
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  • How bloody or gory is the film compared to other horror movies? Would it have worked with less blood and gore? What is the appeal of the genre?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 17, 2014
DVD release date:April 29, 2014
Cast:Aimee Carrero, Allison Miller, Zach Gilford
Directors:Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Genre:Horror
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language and some bloody images

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Teen, 16 years old Written byleviticus923 April 18, 2014

Common Sense Needs Some New Writers

... And so do most American film reviewers. This movie was in no way a terrible film. I am a huge fan of the found footage genre so maybe I have some bias but this is good found footage at its core. The characters are completely likeable and things do get weird. Very, very weird. To say this is iffy for 16 year olds is harsh and to say its a 2 star movie is too. The only problem I see with this film is the language but its all language your middle school child hears at school on the daily. Also it is not too too scary of a film. Only like one or two jump scares and the rest of it is just creepy. I don't think this would be a good first time horror film but I would suggest this to be your first Found Footage film since it kind of gives you a taste of what they're like (and its a hecka lot better than Paranormal Activity, Trust me)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 3, 10, and 18+ year old Written byKate101 May 17, 2014

Why should I let my kid watch this?

I think if your 10 year old kid is smart enough and mature enough, that you can actually show your kid(s) this movie! I think some parts are a little disturbing, but it's a educational movie too, it talks about God and things. I think if they are more progressed than average, yes it's okay. But if they are scared of the littlest things, then don't show them at all, not even the trailer.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written byconcerned grandma June 3, 2014

Not suitable for younger audiance

We rely on common sense media when choosing a film to watch. They missed on this one. They should state all language used in a film. This film has bad language but they also use the Lord's name in an inappropriate way. We shut the movie off after hearing them use the Lord's name and G D. I would never let any child watch this movie.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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