‘Devil’s Due’ Trailer: The Antichrist Is Coming

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Fear is linked to the unknown, and related to change, and as such the birth of a child is one of the prime concerns in movie horror. There are so many questions that can drive simple uncertainty into realistic fear. ”What will my life be like after the kid is born? What if I don’t know how to parent? What if I ruin my kid? What if my kid is a sociopath even though I’m a great parent?” And so on. Fear of childbirth has been painted on the screen dozens of times; the mainstream popularity of horror as a cinematic genre can be directly traced to one example, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

I don’t think it’s unfair to Devil’s Due to say it probably isn’t any Rosemary’s Baby. Not many films are. But this one comes from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, one half of the collective known as Radio Silence; they created the last segment of V/H/S. That worked well, and the actual scenes of horror in the teaser trailer below are eye-catching. Given that we’re pretty familiar with the “evil pregnancy” idea, how far will this film go?  Read More »

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As a Friday Night Lights fan, I want nothing more than for Zach Gilford to live happily ever after. And for a while the Devil’s Due trailer makes it look like that’s exactly where he’s headed. He’s just gotten hitched to a beautiful woman (Terra Nova‘s Allison Miller), and she’s just gotten pregnant, and Etta James’ “At Last” is playing, and everything’s great.

But her pregnancy comes with complications, and not the usual medical kind. These are of the more Satanic / paranormal variety, it seems. Think Rosemary’s Baby filtered through the found footage format or, if you’re feeling less charitable, Hell Baby with a straight face. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The fascination with fairy tales continues. Thanks to Alice in Wonderland and the impending end of big franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight we have loads of fairy tale films headed our way. There are several Snow White, Oz and Peter Pan films in development, as well as movies like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters that are nearing their production start dates.

Add one more to the pile, as Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit is now attached to a spec script that updates Sleeping Beauty. Read More »

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