While Fox’s Devil’s Due wasn’t properly screened for critics, Bloody Disgusting is excited to bring you the first ever review of Radio Silence’s modern day Rosemary’s Baby.
Evan Dickson writes in with his review, saying that Fox really went dark with this found-footage horror, and that it builds into one hell of a bloody frenzy!
“You may be a bit surprised (pleasantly so, in my case) by how dark they’re willing to get,” explains Dickson in his review. “Studio found footage movies tend to feel PG-13 or wimp out altogether when it comes to their climax. Not Devil’s Due. It works itself up into a nice, bloody frenzy that should satisfy hardcore horror fans and might even shock the causal filmgoer.”
Click the title above for the entire review, and come back this weekend to tell us what you thought! READ MORE
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. It’s incredibly hard to sustain a found footage feature, especially a studio one where there’s more money at stake and there might not be very much faith that the audience at large “gets it.” These days, if you’re going the POV route, the best thing you can do is keep the amount of times the characters reference the camera to a bare minimum. There are moments where I think Devil’s Due undercuts itself and trips up a bit when verbalizing the motivations behind the camera use. At times I even found myself wishing the film wasn’t found footage because I cared enough about what was going on to not want that narrative flow interrupted.
The good news is that I did indeed care that much. Devil’s Due, written by Lindsey Devlin and directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of Radio Silence (a four-piece collective whose other two members Justin Martinez and Chad Villella serve as producers on the film), is an involving and ultimately brutal horror film. In it, Samantha and Zach McCall (Allison Miller and Zach Gilford) are newlyweds that return home from their honeymoon unexpectedly pregnant and pretty soon things get… complicated. Rosemary’s Baby complicated (though you’ll find that Due has some key differences that help set it apart from Polanski’s vision of maternity).
It’s a relief to discover that Miller and Gilford are both sympathetic leads. At first I felt that they were a bit too broadly drawn, suffering from POV enabled bland white people syndrome, but as Devil’s Due bears into its second act the characters develop a nice specificity that becomes a crucial asset to the film. Not only are you invested in their well being, you’re able to read Miller’s body language to such an extent that you can’t help but empathize with the amount of physical and mental stress she’s under. Samantha, when not emboldened by vengeful superhuman rage, is being chipped away at – almost tortured to death by a pregnancy she’s not even sure she wanted in the first place.
As the pregnancy progresses, the sense of dread escalates. The audience is well aware of what’s going on before the characters are, which lends the film a nice “slow-motion car crash” aspect. It’s not if the inevitable will happen, it’s how. And it isn’t just a litany of torturous medical procedures, Samantha begins to display an impressive (and unconscious) capacity to commit evil acts in the name of protecting her unborn child. While the recent glut of studio found footage films are usually treading water at this point in their structure, waiting to unleash the final jump scare, Devil’s Due is carefully ramping up for a real conclusion.
By the time the film reaches the 3rd act, all of the slow burn stuff has cemented nicely and the stage is set not only for some truly suspenseful moments, but also a good deal of bloodshed. You may have first heard of Radio Silence by watching their “10-31-98” segment in V/H/S. That sense of anarchy is still present here and the sh*t still hits the fan. But you may be a bit surprised (pleasantly so, in my case) by how dark they’re willing to get. Studio found footage movies tend to feel PG-13 or wimp out altogether when it comes to their climax. Not Devil’s Due. It works itself up into a nice, bloody frenzy that should satisfy hardcore horror fans and might even shock the causal filmgoer.
Twentieth Century Fox delivers Devil’s Due, starring “Terra Nova’s” Allison Miller and “Friday Night Lights’” Zach Gilford, next week on January 17th.
The Lindsay Devlin-penned horror film comes from Radio Silence, who collectively delivered the final short on the original V/H/S anthology from last year. In the film, “After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.”
Head below for an almost spoiler free account of some footage I saw a while back during a presentation moderated by Eli Roth! READ MORE
Our anthology flick V/H/S is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and VHS in the UK, and to celebrate Bloody Disgusting will give (3) lucky UK readers both a VHS and Blu-ray copy of the film directed by Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence and Joe Swanberg.
“When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.”
Open to UK readers only, put VHS UK in the subject line and then send me YOUR FULL NAME and ADDRESS to email@example.com. Winners will be chosen at random this weekend.
In addition to this fun promotion, you can read up about the London video store re-opening for business this coming Friday. There will be a live Twitter party! Get the information here. READ MORE
To celebrate the highly anticipated release of our horror anthology, V/H/S, for one night only, London took a nostalgic trip back in time to the Video rental store! Below we’ve added a behind-the-scenes look at the special event, which I would have died to attend, as well as details as to how you can be part of the re-opening online this Friday!
Home of V/H/S: “Cellar Rentals Video Store” to return for one day only online!
“The scariest, rawest horror movie of the year” (Rolling Stone) has finally arrived in the UK! The celebrated portmanteau horror V/H/S is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and download through Momentum Pictures (in the UK). Having already opened ‘Cellar Rentals’ in London courtesy of Momentum Pictures where a rapturous crowd were transported back to the heady days of searching through racks upon racks of VHS tapes in order to find that perfect Saturday night scare, they decided that one night in London (after a lot of sorrow from people outside London who couldn’t come) just wasn’t enough, so they are bringing it to the rest of us…
To welcome the arrival, they are reopening the doors to ‘Cellar Rentals’ on Friday, February 1st for four hours from 2pm GMT (6am PST) to 6pm GMT (10am PST) via Twitter, where a hosted nostalgia-thon will allow us all to chat about videos of yesteryear, the arrival of V/H/S on DVD and Blu-ray and download in the UK plus… the final chance EVER to win a copy of V/H/S on VHS in the UK! We’ll be using the #InsertVHS4Fear hashtag from @fetchpublicity so make sure you are there to join in on the antics. Do not miss out! There will also be a link to a store filled with cool retro clips, trailers and more to digest and send us all back down memory lane one final time. Details and video inside! READ MORE
We’re incredibly excited to report that IMP Awards, the premiere poster website, has nominated the theatrical V/H/S one-sheet for “Best Horror Poster”!
“Bringing back memories of the poster for Visiting Hours this skull image made up of someone’s deranged video collection manages to hint at the plot of the film while still providing a creepy image,” says the site.
Designed by Gravillis Inc. for Magnet Releasing, the poster is nominated against The Cabin in the Woods, The Woman in Black, The Possession and In Their Skin.
V/H/S is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and even Netflix Instant. Another tape was discovered – S-VHS – and will premiere at Sundance this coming weekend. READ MORE
My brother just e-mailed me over a link to a website called Movie Bar Code, which carries one simple premise: they take every single frame from a movie, compress it into a single line, and then line them up next to each other so you get a bar code.
Added just the other day was a barcode for V/H/S, made me insanely excited. It’s super cool, in my opinion at least, so I wanted to share it with you guys. (I love how you can plainly see the Skype portion.)
In addition, this is a great time to let you know that V/H/S is now available on Netflix Instant, as well as DVD, Blu-ray, and various VOD platforms. Thanks again for all of your support! READ MORE
Team V/H/S is growing up right before our very eyes as Fox has picked up an untitled found footage project written by Lindsay Devlin with directing team Radio Silence on board to helm, says the Hollywood Reporter.
The logline is being kept secret to protect the idea from falling into the wrong hands, but it is described as being female-driven and having horror elements.
John Davis is producing via his Fox-based Davis Entertainment banner. Davis dipped into his discretionary fund to acquire the project as a pitch back in the spring. Devlin then wrote the script, attracting the directing team which is comprised of Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Chad Villella and Justin Martinez.
The quartet wrote and directed the final segment on our indie horror anthology V/H/S, now on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray. They gained a following for making interactive shorts with sci-fi, horror and comedy themes when the group was earlier known as Chad, Matt and Rob. READ MORE
Limited Theaters October 5: When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
So who is part of the madness, you ask? Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), along with YouTube sensations Radio Silence.
As you very well know, we here at Bloody-Disgusting are thrilled and proud to have brought you V/H/S (out now via VOD), an anthology horror flick helmed by several directors, including Ti West, Adam Wingard, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, and more. And now, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin has lent his review to the film! You can read his thoughts on the movie below. Remember to leave your review of the film at the above link!
Godsmack is currently on the Rockstar Uproar tour with Staind, Shinedown, Adelitas Way, and more. Check out the tour dates below and snag your tickets here. READ MORE
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We’re beyond excited to announce that our first Bloody Disgusting feature, V/H/S, is now starting to trickle on various On Demand platforms (a month before its October 5 theatrical release!)! While iTunes (AppleTV) has it available immediately, it will also hit Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation 3, SuddenLink, Time Warner, VUDU and Xbox Zune by tomorrow via Magnet Releasing. You can find out exactly where to rent it by clicking here.
Produced by Tom and myself, along with Gary Binkow, Roxanne Benjamin and Zak Zeman, we were blessed to work with the talented filmmaking posse including Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), along with YouTube sensations Radio Silence.
Now, it would be highly unethical for us to review our own film here on Bloody, which is why we’re enlisting you guys to make or break it! It would mean everything in the world to us if you took the time to write a review. Being that Bloody is our lifeblood, we can only hope that we delivered something that makes you proud to be a reader. Good or bad, we want to share this experience with you!
To get you guys interacting, we’ve also set up a pretty cool V/H/S HUB where you guys can live chat your thoughts on the film. If you decide to tweet please use the #VHSmovie [o o] hashtag. @MagnetReleasing will be paying attention, too. You’ll also find more at the film’s official website. READ MORE