Devil’s Due is a 2014 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (V/H/S), from a screenplay by Lindsay Devlin. The movie stars Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson, Aimee Carrero, Vanessa Ray and Robert Belushi.
The film was promoted with an animatronic “devil baby” in a remote-controlled stroller rolling around the streets of New York City whilst hidden cameras record people’s reactions (a stunt worthy of William Castle, the producer of Rosemary’s Baby). The prankvertisement, as it is being called, is the latest stunt by Thinkmodo, the advertising agency behind an equally creepy gag for Carrie (2013), which featured a telekinetic girl in a coffee shop. That viral stunt was viewed by over 53 million people on YouTube.
In the style of a found footage film, Zach and Samantha McCall (Zach Gilford and Allison Miller) are a young couple who just married and very much in love. On their honeymoon, they experience a strange lost night and a few months later Samantha learns that she is pregnant.
Although this is unexpected, the McCalls are delighted. But soon things begin to go wrong for the newlyweds: Samantha suffers bizarre physical reactions to her pregnancy and the couple suspects they are being watched. As the terror mounts, it becomes clear that what’s in store for the McCalls is far from a happy event.
In a series of posts on his official Twitter account, director Eli Roth wrote: “Don’t pre-judge Devil’s Due because Rosemary’s Baby is a ‘holy grail’ movie. It’s so smart, creative, inventive, and fun. Very very scary. The guys at Radio Silence killed it. Devil’s Due is a legit scary, smart, horror film. So many awesome scenes. I loved it.”
Devil’s Due was released by 20th Century Fox on January 17, 2014 and a Blu-ray was released on April 29, 2014.