On Wednesday night, Matt, Andy, and I had the privilege of attending a preview screening of Devil’s Due at Fox Studios. Matt and I went to college with two of the guys in the directing troupe that made it (the directing collective known as Radio Silence), Justin Martinez and Tyler Gillett. We're super proud for these guys, they're honestly goddamn talented and they've so worked crazy hard, they deserve every bit of high-fives ever.
The movie was great, and I'm not just saying that - if I had to sum it up in two words they would be,"Pure Doom". From frame 1, a blanket of tension. Then, several crazy setpieces, each one unique, triggering a variety of fears, and executed to maximum effect. Apparently, the seasoned stuntman did things he never even thought of before. The film isn't afraid to take its time, which honestly is what Satan would do, so it fits with the theme. Is it gory? In parts. Is it jumpy? Oh yeah, but you won't know when and it's not a one-trick pony. Will you believe in Satanic cults? Wait, you don't already?
The seamless CGI used in the film is particularly mind-blowing, courtesy of Justin Martinez with free reign on a studio budget. This guy has always been amazing, he edited my short film, Junkyard, and for the past decade he's been releasing all kinds of insanity on YouTube. He lives, eats, and breathes mind-blowing Visual Effects which is why we were so lucky to have him as the VFX Consultant on Love in the Time of Monsters. Another reason why you have to see Love in the Time of Monsters!
Just for fun, here's one of his earliest shorts starring him and me and Matt and even Allison at the end a bit!
I'm getting off track now - people, go see Devil's Due, it's absolutely Doom-mazing. Also, regular amazing, which is still pretty amazing. Opens January 17th! That's today!
Congratulations, Justin and Tyler! You are kinda our heroes.
P.S. I have to mention that this was because of them too -