In case you guys out there have not realized, I am a huge fan of finding random horror films on Netflix Instant and checking them out. I try to find films that have not been wored out in the mainstream that are true works of art. I have seen some real shit storms that I will not even call films, and I have seen some that are just down right disturbing. I hate using this term because it makes me sound like a douche, but I am a "horror snob". When it comes to horror, I am very hard to please. I want that realistic feeling, but I also want to be disturbed or scared out of my mind. Of course, being such a unique genre, sometimes it is hard to have it both ways. That brings me to The Taking of Deborah Logan. It is a 2014 film written by Adam Robitel and Gavin Heffernan. Adam Robitel was also the Director on this project.
The plot of this film is simple: A film crew is documenting the sad and touching progression/regressing of an Alzheimer's victim, Deborah Logan. As the film opens, it is very touching and the realness of the crew and documentation hits home for anyone who has dealt with a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Now do not get me wrong. The Alzheimer's portion of the story is not the proverbial "meat and potatoes" of the film. They use the disease as a gateway into something much darker and sinister. Being that the film itself is a "documentary", of course we have ourselves yet another found footage/home video type of movie. I have got to a point where I avoid these at all costs, but this one is different. I do not mind it for what it was, and I believe being filmed this way makes the movie much more satisfying.
Typically I like to take you through scenes of the film and give you a little insight into some of the characters. I believe if I did this, I would be doing Mr. Robitel and Mr. Heffernan a huge disservice. This is a film that needs to be seen with no real expectations going in. The acting is good, there is one character that got on my nerves off and on throughout, but it was not bad enough to ruin the film for me. I just kept telling myself, "I hope this person dies." With that said, I was very pleased with the overall performances of all the cast involved. In case you have not noticed, I hate hate hate bad acting, but this film has none of that...at least not in my opinion.
This is a well written film, and they do a great job of building the anticipation to the very end. There are some minor twists and turns and like always, in most horror films, the ending may be a LITTLE of a letdown, but I will say that I have done some writing myself, and bringing a film like this to a final conclusion is not an easy thing to do. With that said, I still give this ending 3 out of 5 cleavers, just the ending alone. I believe I was able to live with the ending because they did such an amazing job building up to it.
Long story short, check out this movie. It is not going to be a cult classic or anything, but since I first watched it a few weeks ago, four other friends of mine have followed and they all agree. For a Netflix Instant, it is a hidden gem that is well worth a viewing.
I give The Taking of Deborah Logan 3 of 5 cleavers and I am on a quest to find the next great film that was not promoted by the mainstream.
Here's a link to the film for more info!