Delivery (2014)

Rachel and Kyle Massey (Laurel Vail & Danny Barclay) are having a baby, and a reality television crew has decided to make a new documentary about their experience, intending to follow them throughout the pregnancy all the way to delivery.

Early on in the documentary Rachel’s baby ‘dies’ – no heartbeat – but the next day the heartbeat is miraculously back and the baby is alive! Great news… or is it? Moving into a new home, the couple start experiencing odd happenings and the camera equipment starts malfunctioning.

As the pregnancy progresses, Rachel’s behaviour becomes more and more erratic, from her creating bizarre paintings to filling the bath with mud and twigs, and it leads towards a dark and horrifying conclusion…

Delivery is more ‘cobbled-together footage’ rather than ‘found footage’, and it begins brilliantly by actually having an episode of the reality television show, complete with funky garish name-captioning, tranquil transitions and various talking heads. It’s so convincing you might actually forgot you’re watching a Horror film…

…until it stops. Once they scrap the professional documentary feel and replace it with the ‘raw’ footage, Delivery becomes a frustrating cliché. Cameras malfunction at convenient moments, audio picks up evil noises, people do ridiculous things, characters hold the camera so it faces them rather than the scary noises in the darkness. It’s a shame, considering how well it started.

Laurel Vail & Danny Barclay are both very good as our leads Rachel and Kyle Massey, having to slowly go from happy couple to paranoid, crazy people. As the script gets more and more ridiculous, so do their actions, but they hold their own despite how absurd it becomes.

Written by Adam Schindler and co-written / directed by Brian Netto, Delivery marks their feature debut and – honestly – it’s a decent one. The latter half is a clunky, clichéd mess, but the opening thirty minutes or so are genuinely well pieced together. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them in the future.

Delivery is a film of two halves; one excellent and one massively disappointing. Overall it is a little predictable and the latter half is a clichéd mess, but for those walking into the found footage subgenre completely fresh, this is a reasonable place to start.

Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

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