Devil’s Due is a new found footage horror made by the film collective known as Radio Silence. The collective is a quartet of Los Angeles filmmakers consisting of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella. They are probably best known for directing a segment in the first V/H/S movie called 10/31/98 which featured a group of young men searching for a Halloween party. It was an effective little film which contained plenty of frights and some decent special effects.
Devil’s Due is their first solo feature film and it bears a few similarities to 10/31/98. The plot is simple and involves a newlywed couple called Zach and Samantha McCall (played by Allison Miller and Zach Gilford) who are expecting a baby. When they announce the pregnancy to their families weird things start to happen and they are stalked by a mysterious religious cult. The cult seem to be involved with trying to bring the Antichrist into this world and they want Samantha and the baby for this purpose. Samantha then starts to act strangely and appears possessed by some supernatural force in certain parts of the trailer. Zach turns to a preacher called Father Thomas for aid and he will need all the help he can get to fight this threat.
The film is clearly inspired by classic horror movies like Rosemary’s Baby and the Antichrist plot is well known to horror fans. It’s a derivative concept but the film could work provided it has good pacing, acting, atmosphere and some decent scares. The trailer is well edited and it shows how everything was hunky dory for the couple until Samantha became pregnant. The cult members are always seen from a distance and they stand around in bushes and on street corners like Michael Myers did in Halloween. It’s as if they are keeping watch on Samantha and influencing her with their powers while they wait patiently for her to give birth. It’s an effective little trailer with some creepy moments and good acting by the main protagonists.
Found footage horror movies are a dime a dozen these days but cinemagoers still go to the cinema in droves to see them. The well worn concept clearly hasn’t yet run its course with fans of the genre who appear to have an insatiable appetite for these films. There are a few new entries to the genre due out next year including Devil’s Due, Here Comes the Devil and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.
If Radio Silence can deliver the goods then Devil’s Due may catch on with horror fans looking for the next thrill. The film will be out on February 14th so check out the trailer and share your thoughts.