Movie Review - Delivery: The Beast Within
On the heels of Devil's Due, Brian Netto's debut feature film, Delivery: The Beast Within, seems to be one of several 'Rosemary's Baby' inspired found-footage films released in the last couple of years. But where Devil's Due tried too hard, and failed to take any sort of creative approach to the style; Delivery manages to stand out by doing just the opposite. In fact, much like another found footage style film from 2014, Afflicted, this movie succeeds in finding an interesting approach to the storytelling that compliments the action instead of hindering it. Presented as footage shot for a reality show about expecting couples, called "Delivery," the first half is cut together with the same overly corny TLC-style one would expect from this kind of show, but when events take a turn for the worse the filming style changes altogether.
Kyle and Rachel Massy agree to document their first pregnancy for this reality show, capturing all of the excitement of sharing the good news with her family and friends, and hearing the babies heartbeat during an ultrasound. But after the film makers capture a pregnancy scare, the tone of the film shifts drastically. Shortly after the couple begin to experience strange phenomenon throughout the house, and Rachel slowly becomes convinced that a dark entity has taken hold of her unborn child.
If you know my reviews, you know I try not to give too much away about that plot of the film, but I will say that the ending of the movie is shocking and left my jaw sitting in my lap. The co-writer and director gets credit here for underselling it. There are no CGI gimmicks used for cheap scares and they refrain from relying on the Paranormal Activity style security cam footage, both of which make the film feel much more personal. In fact outside of one particularly creepy glare into the camera, the scares all come from the director's ability to maintain an increasing level of tension throughout the film, and the lead actor's ability to make us empathize with their characters. Both Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay do a good job of following the directors lead and opt for more subtle performances, and that is why the explosive ending is such an uppercut square to the jaw.
Overall, I found this film thoroughly enjoyable, though my sense is that its subtlety will be a turn off for some of the more hard core fans who need a little more blood and guts. And some may even find its pacing a bit boring, but I liked the moody atmosphere and the slow burn of it all. Now available on VOD.
- Leo Francis