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A B-Movie Holy Grail by John Allman

If you’ve surfed the DVR pay-per-view options and seen a bunch of movies that you’ve never heard of, chances are John has watched them. Why? He loves movies. All kinds of movies. Good, bad, so-bad-they’re good, even the truly unwatchable ones. He mostly loves horror and science-fiction and drive-in exploitation movies that most upstanding model citizens wouldn’t dare watch. Then he writes up his thoughts so you can decide - watch, don’t watch or avoid at all costs. Sometimes he even gets to talk to the cool folks who make some of your favorite films.

New Releases for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week

Devil’s Due
Genre Horror/Found Footage
Directed by Radio Silence, aka Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Run time 89 minutes
Rating R
Format Blu-Ray

The Lowdown Radio Silence, the directing duo best known for creating the best segment of "V/H/S," the haunted house/exorcism excursion that proved they had ingenuity to burn, return to the Found Footage well, and find it mostly dry.

"Devil’s Due," a found-footage rehash of Ira Levin’s "Rosemary’s Baby," spends way too much time establishing the relationship between the newlywed couple at its core and precious little time providing any foundation or backstory for the crazed cult of pre-Bible fanatics who seemingly kidnap the couple and then conjure Old Scratch himself to seed the lovely new bride.

What follows is a checklist of creepy Satanic must-haves – from the new doctor who makes the least believable excuses possible for why he replaced the couple’s original doctor (the one who saw something in their sonogram that gave her pause) to the gurgling, protruding belly that moves a little too freely on its own.

By the time someone realizes that all is not well, "Devil’s Due" is in full-on pea soup mode with crazy demonic occurrences terrorizing anyone who comes near the mom-to-be. The end is a whirlwind of should-be scary visuals that just land limp with a dull thud-thud-thud.

Whereas the duo’s "V/H/S" segment thrilled and surprised, "Devil’s Due" just doesn’t register above a Meh on the horror meter.

I expected more, honestly. Much, much more.

The Stuff You Care About
Hot chicks – No.
Nudity – No.
Gore – No.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Crazy cult fanatics.
Buy/Rent – Rent it.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – Audio commentary, Deleted Scenes, Director’s Photo Album, and the featurettes, "Radio Silence A Hell of a Team, Ashes to Ash. The Lost Time, Roommate Alien Prank Goes Bad and Mountain Devil Prank Fails Horribly.

Escape from Tomorrow (Cinedigm, 104 minutes, Unrated, Blu-Ray) This "guerilla"-style feature, allegedly shot inside Disney World without Disney’s permission, and told in black and white due to obvious budgetary constraints, wants to be a buzzy cult classic. It would have, could have, should have if not for one of the most unlikeable lead actors in recent memory. All told, the mind-screw, time-distorting nightmare that plays out as a completely unhinged father braves the House of Mouse with his family falters and sputters and tries mightily to regain its footing. It’s not great, but it is intriguing as a film experiment that very nearly worked.

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