A young couple is excited once they find out that they are having their first baby. Too bad the baby is pure evil.
The Devil Incarnate is a strange little movie and I’m not sure if the people behind it knew exactly what they wanted to do with it. It’s a half-assed found footage film at times (and sometimes it isn’t) that desperately wants to be as good as Rosemary’s Baby but it fails miserably for a number of reasons. I really wanted to like (especially after seeing the awesome DVD artwork) because I thought that it sounded promising (if not totally unoriginal) but in the end I was very let down and more than just a little underwhelmed.
One problem that I had with it was the fact that it switches back and forth between being shot like a found footage film one minute and then not a few seconds later (make up your mind, damn it). Part of the movie is shot through the camera of one of the main character’s annoying sister (and other characters) and when she isn’t filming it is shot like a regular movie. This gets very annoying early on and I really didn’t see any sort of point to it. Some viewers may think it is a cool idea but I just found it to be more distracting and irritating more than anything else.
I also thought that the plot was pretty cookie cutter as well. There are a slew of movies with the exact same premise and The Devil Incarnate was pretty much your typical by the numbers evil baby flick that didn’t do anything that could be considered groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination. Having seen many similar movies I knew exactly what was going to happen before it happened and felt a sense of déjà vu while I was watching it thanks to the fact that it was just like every other movie that explored the same subject matter. If you’ve seen any horror movie about a chick that was pregnant with a satanic baby they you’ve pretty much already seen this film.
I really didn’t care about any of the characters either as they just seemed stupider than usual. Trevor (Rod Luzzi) spends most of his time looking confused (or acting like an asshole) and is in complete and total denial that his wife is pregnant with a demon baby despite all the evidence to the contrary. His wife Holly (Graci Carli) isn’t a whole lot better and I didn’t really get the whole deal with her mysterious background (plus when she starts acting all evil and possessed it is nothing short of laughable). I really didn’t like the Trevor’s sister Marissa (Emily Rogers) either as she spends the majority of her time on camera sulking around and trying to decide if she should act on the crush that she has on her brother’s wife (which is an idiotic subplot that goes nowhere).
There comes a point where it is obvious that the is something seriously wrong with Holly (she keeps having temper tantrums, she trashes the nursery, grabs her father-in-law’s junk, starts speaking in tongue, happily makes out with her sister-in-law while taking a bath, etc) but Trevor doesn’t seem too concerned about it and goes on about his life like this is normal behavior. The only person who seems to realize that there is something up with her is Marissa but she doesn’t really go out of her way to do anything about it (other than Google her and have her friend look into her background) until it is too late.
The ending is pretty damn bad too as the film just sort of comes to a screeching halt without any sort of resolution. I don’t want to give anything away but when I saw it I was like “What? Is that really the ending?” as it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and leaves a ton of questions unanswered (There’s a scene after the credits but it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense either). It seems that the people responsible for the film didn’t know how to end it and just went with the first idea that crossed their minds. Unfortunately like most of the rest of the movie it doesn’t work and left me scratching my head in confusion.
I really wasn’t a fan of The Devil Incarnate. I thought that it was a pretty confusing mess overall and I had a lot of trouble really getting into it for a number of reasons (primarily because I just didn’t care about any of the characters and didn’t really care if they lived or died). It could have been just an okay movie but it was bogged down with several flaws that kept me from enjoying it in general. Check it out if it sounds like something you might be into or if you are a fan of evil baby movies, just make sure that you keep your expectations pretty low and you might end up liking it a lot more than I did.