The Taking Of Deborah Logan (2014)

Happy 26th of October everyone! That means it’s day 26 of my #31DaysOfHorror and another chance for you guys to share your movies with me on Instagram with the tag #BarleyDoesHorror. Lets get right into it.

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We’re diving back into the world of found-footage movies people, so I’m sure 40% of you will have made your decision about the movie from that sentence. It’s been a pleasure, thanks for reading! For the rest of the gang who stuck around, here’s the rest of the review. Starting with the plot :

What is taking Deborah Logan? Some memories are worth forgetting.

I wasn’t expecting a ton from this movie, the possession-found-footage movies have definitely started to dry up with the likes of zombie movies and vampire movies. Thankfully this one was a creepy delight. Produced by Bryan Singer, for some reason, and directed by  a new fella named Adam Robitel. The atmosphere is pretty good, and with the exception of a couple of unjustified cameras that really do get my goat, the movie is really effective in telling the story that it sets out to tell. I found it really atmospheric and wildly unsettling at times, including the ending which featured something that caused me GENUINE surprise, and was worth watching just for the experience to be totally honest.

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A really fun movie helped by great performances. Soap actress Jill Larson, is really great in the titular role here. Her performance is believable and really unsettling. Everyone else does a solid job as well, and Anne Ramsey (Six Feet Under and Dexter) is also really great. On top of the solid performances, we also have one of the smartest characters in horror movie history who, after assessing the situation and having the windows shot out of his van, has the immortal line “Bitch levitated onto a counter, I’m DONE” and actually proceeded to remove himself from the situation and the movie. Which was a little detail, but I really liked it.

The story is creepy as well, it builds really well and has some genuinely eerie scenes. There’s really not much more to say about it though, the movie does have a pretty standard plot that most would be used to by now. The format is interesting, and the documentary that the filmmakers are making really feels genuine and feels like a more ‘real’ collection of footage than others that we are expected to take seriously. Plus, it does have a bit of valuable information about Alzheimer’s disease, so there’s that element to it as well.

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So, overall this is a pretty solid little movie. It builds a great atmosphere and delivers some genuinely creepy and frightening scenes. Including, I would argue, one of the more surprising things I’ve ever seen. I say that though, in that I really was not expecting it and it caught me off guard. Definitely one of the stronger entries in my October review series, and I have to give it a recommend.

FINAL GRADE : B-

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