January 16, 2014 5:59 pm

Devil’s Due – film review

A well crafted ‘found footage’ horror film
Alison Miller in 'Devil's Due'

Alison Miller in 'Devil's Due'

Devil’s Due, a horror film, is a heart-thumper and room-shaker in the DIY mode of Paranormal Activity. “Found footage” is the name of these post-Cloverfield exercises in run and scream. Characters are no longer wedded to handheld camcorders but, much niftier, lapel-badged with mini-lenses.

The newly wedded hero and heroine (Allison Miller, Zach Gilford) share an “Adventurecam”, allowing them to record such things as weddings, Dominican Republic honeymoons, satanic victimisations (their own) and, back home, levitating furniture. For the last half-hour, courtesy of an evil intruder, their whole house is bugged with hidden cameras. The found-footage genre means anyone can now make a horror film. Whether anyone will want to watch it is another issue. This one, allowing for Rosemary’s Baby borrowings, is medium-crafty and well crafted.

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Nigel Andrews


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