A Found-Footage Attempt at Rosemary’s Baby in Devil’s Due

A Found-Footage Attempt at <I>Rosemary&rsquo;s Baby</I> in <I>Devil&rsquo;s Due</I>
Allison Miller in Devil’s Due.

In Devil’s Due, co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (V/H/S) and first-time screenwriter Lindsay Devlin offer an uninspired found-footage riff on Roman Polanski’s demon-spawn classic, Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

On their Dominican Republic honeymoon, the squeakily innocent Samantha (Allison Miller) and Zach (Zach Gilford) are drugged by a cult who draw a circle, light a few candles, and call forth Beelzebub, who impregnates Samantha.

The pregnancy seems a happy surprise until Samantha begins having violent temper tantrums, eats a package of raw meat, and, in the film’s best — but all too brief — action sequence, uses Carrie-like telekinetic power to dispatch three teens who catch her doing something truly yucky in the deep woods.

Zach Gilford in Devil&rsquo;s Due.
Zach Gilford in Devil’s Due.

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Devil’s Due
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
20th Century Fox
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All this, of course, we see through an assemblage of video footage captured by Zach’s ever-present camera, as well as Paranormal Activity-style home surveillance from cameras secretly placed in the couple’s home by the cult.

Gilford, forever beloved as Matt Saracen, the heart-of-gold quarterback on TV’s Friday Night Lights, gives a strong, grounding performance, but Devlin’s script tips its hand so early on that Devil’s Due lumbers toward a woefully flat, predictable ending, and the unwelcome promise of something truly demonic — sequels.

 
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