I take a look at “Devil’s Due” for Through The Shattered Lens website.
So, it’s January, and you know what that means — “found footage” horror is back.
Seriously, just when you think this cinematic trend has breathed its last gasp, it’s back — usually during the post-holiday period, when studios are eager to dump off material that they think is going to play to a limited (at best) audience. And then something funny happens — one of these “hand-held horrors, ” sometimes even a pretty lousy one at that, ends up ruling the roost at the box office for a week or two (The Devil Inside, anyone?), easily recouping its meager production costs, and the Hollywood suits decide to green-light a few more similar productions figuring that, hey, there’s life in this old horse yet.
And so there seems to be. But you do have to wonder — again! — if this persistent sub-genre has finally run its course, now…
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