There have been a bunch of news stories in the last week about the newest of the newborns delivered in this new year, but we’re more interested in one of the first cinematic births of 2014, which will come in the demonic form of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s feature debut Devil’s Due. Well to be honest, we aren’t so much interested in Devil’s Due as we are willing to tolerate it, given its trailers make it look like a dumbed down found footage version of Rosemary’s Baby. But we’ve got a few of the film’s first stills and clips here to try and sway our opinions to the anticipatory side of things.
Thanks to Collider for these photos, which pretty much give us frozen looks at moments we’ve already seen in the previews. The film stars Zach Gilford as Zach McCall, whose wife Samantha (Allison Miller) gets pregnant during a mysterious portion of their honeymoon that neither of them can remember. It’s almost immediately obvious to anyone watching that something evil is festering inside Samantha’s womb, but that’s a bitter pill to swallow for the couple. I guess it all seems a little more obvious once Samantha starts cutting ritualistic patterns into the floor, as seen in the image below.
Here is another image that leads us into the first of two new clips, via BloodyDisgusting. If you’re currently pregnant and hoping that your deliver will be a piece of cake, you may want to make sure you’re not carrying a hellspawn, because this looks rough.
This second clip features Samantha at some point after the devilishness has taken over, and she’s apparently disemboweling a calf. And then a kid gets thrown backwards, as if by pure magic! The only thing this clip does for me is make me think is that they’ll be handling the found footage aspect in more ways than just "husband holding the camera while his wife is in absolute agony." Take a peek below.
The only reason I want to give this movie a real shot is because the directors created the most enjoyable segment of the anthology horror V/H/S,and because Gilford oozes charisma. If Devil’s Due ends up being one of the greatest horrors of the year, I’ll be the first to eat my hat’s evil placenta.
It hits theaters on January 17.