Zach and Samantha McCall begin their marriage in the same exuberant manner as any modern newlyweds – a big church wedding, tropical honeymoon, and high hopes for the future. All of this promise begins to go off the rails when the couple experience a lost weekend on their trip, followed by Samantha unexpectedly becoming pregnant. Even though the pair roll with the unplanned pregnancy – documenting it on video, of course – disturbing events begin to indicate that the baby-to-be may have an infernal destiny.

Thus is the plot of Devil’s Due, a found footage horror film from co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, whose previous feature film work is the final segment of the horror anthology V/H/S. A new trailer for the upcoming film gives further hints to the dark origins of Zach and Samantha’s child, as well as the darker deeds its birth may inspire.

Rather shorter than the first theatrical preview for Devil’s Due, this trailer shares a bit more about the cult-related conception of Samantha’s demonic child. It also curiously reins in the previous trailer’s more overt supernatural elements (such as telekinesis and glowing arcane symbols).

Far more promising is this new international poster for the film, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:

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The poster is a striking image that combines the well-known Satanic image of the inverted cross with an unnerving, blood-soaked depiction of pregnancy. If Devil’s Due itself can delve into the kind of anxieties evoked by this poster, it will live up to its aspirations.

As has been previously mentioned, Devil’s Due continues to feel very familiar indeed. From Rosemary’s Baby to The Omen, pop culture has often riffed on the idea of in utero possession and the rise of a child Antichrist. These kinds of themes have become so prevalent that they were even recently lampooned in the spoof Hell Baby.

Of course, these themes wouldn’t be worth returning to if they didn’t resonate on an essential level with viewers. Despite the turgid sense of déjà vu elicited by its previews, Devil’s Due could still tap into the rich vein of anxiety that accompanies marriage and first-time parenthood.

Devil’s Due stars Zach Gilford (The Last Stand), Allison Miller (Terra Nova), Sam Anderson (Justified), and Robert Belushi (How I Met Your Mother).

Devil’s Due will be birthed into theaters on January 17th, 2014.

Source: Bloody Disgusting