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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- 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?
- In theaters: January 17, 2014
- On DVD or streaming: 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