January 17, 2014

Devil's Due: Five reasons why horror fans will love it...
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Devil's Due: Five reasons why horror fans will love it...

Devil's Due, the new supernatural horror creepshop directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, hits cinemas today. We caught a preview screening and predict that hardcore horror fans will go nuts for it. Here's five reasons why...

 

It's an interesting take on the classic antichrist possession…

This ambitious new horror flick follows the travels of a newlywed couple returning from their honeymoon, and things start to get darkly bizarre early on. While undertaking the celebrations overseas, aptly named screenwriter Lindsay Devlin uses nail-biting, gradual spooks which unfurl to dramatic effect upon the two lovers’ arrival back in the USA. Understandably, the movie is made all the more frightening by the knowledge that the origins of Samantha’s downward spiral into such a sinister pit of uncontrollable derangement were so far from the place she’s most familiar with: her very own house.

 

It'll go down a treat with suspense junkies...

Throughout Devil’s Due, we’ll admit, there were certain strung-out scenes in which the tension was so high that the very corner of the screen became suddenly intriguing for split seconds at a time. You know the ones. The two directors, with good reason, obviously laboured over certain sequences far more than others in order to guarantee the scare-seeking audience weren’t left feeling betrayed during other, more throwaway segments. One unforgettably fantastic scene, about midway through, we'll hint at with just three words: Doll, Child, Nightvision. Nervous yet?

 


It features a very convincing worried and loving husband character...

Having at least one central character of innocent, harmless nature is essential to forming the mechanisms of strong horror, and this relatively low-budget movie hits the very nail on the head. Zach, a genuine and humble man completely enamoured by his beautiful wife, and yet more thrilled upon the inexplicable pregnancy news, is portrayed well by Zach Gilford (yep, actor’s name too). The way in which his character maintains loyal belief in his wife’s increasingly odd behaviour, writing some outright bonkers stuff off as baby-carrying symptoms, leaves the audience in an even more uncomfortable state; we’re longing for him to ditch the hope and clock on.

 


Enjoy amateur-like footage in horror films? How about some surveillance too?

That’s right. Not only does this film’s use of shaky camera hands set the tone for a movie you’re sure to freak the… well, Hell out while watching it, but you the audience can pretend you’re in the antichrist unit of the CIA or whatever, because some of Devil’s Due’s most eerie material is seen through the lens of shifty CCTV snooping. On immediate reflection, that sounds rather tame. Presume it is. Go on.

 


The running time is near perfect…

Unlike quite a few horror films we've had the joyful experience of watching, Devil’s Due (despite a conclusion which seemed a little rushed) finished after a very appropriate 89 minutes --- short enough to keep you on your toes at the prospect of a sequel, and long enough to showcase a bunch of neat special effects towards the end.

 

Devil's Due is out in cinemas now. 

 

Devil's Due
Devil's Due Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Devil's Due Official Trailer #1

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