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This latest entry into the increasingly exasperating horror genre attempts to be "Rosemary's Baby," but without the adequate suspense, character development or storytelling.
The film is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who are two members of Radio Silence, which was responsible for one of the more entertaining entries in the otherwise mediocre "VHS."
Despite a finale during which a whole lot of household items go flying around and an earlier sequence during which several humans do the same, "Devil's Due" is mostly play-by-numbers horror filmmaking. There's very little here you haven't seen time and time again in numerous "Paranormal Activity" films.
At the film's beginning, a couple (Allison Miller and Zach Gilford) on their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic black out after a night of partying with some shady characters, who, as it turns out, performed a satanic rite that will result in the wife's popping out Beelzebub's son nine months later.
As the months pass, weird stuff happens - the wife carves symbols onto the floor and bashes out the window of a guy pulling out of a parking spot, people appear to be watching the couple's home and various characters get nosebleeds. In one particularly absurd sequence, a priest suffers a stroke during a confirmation ceremony.
If watching semi-creepy, but formulaic, movies featuring the aforementioned scenarios on grainy footage sounds like an evening's entertainment, you might enjoy "Devil's Due." For those seeking a little substance or, hell, genuine scares in their horror movies, look elsewhere.