Radio Silence is a collective of four filmmakers (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella) who made a series of online shorts and then broke out with the final sequence in the original V/H/S. Now the group is putting the finishing touches on Devil’s Due, a found-footage horror film produced by the team at Fox that was behind Chronicle. We got a chance to preview some scenes from the film a couple weeks back, and sat in with an Eli Roth-moderated talk with the Radio Silence guys about how they’re making the leap to feature work, and their general working methods, including handing off the camera to actors so that the POV performance is really created by the cast.
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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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