Peek Inside The Taking of Deborah Logan. They Don’t Come Around Often
Good horror movies don’t come around all that often, but judging by The Taking of Deborah Logan’s director’s (Adam Robitel) third directorial project, there’s more good horror on the horizon…
One of the best, most chilling horror movies in a long time, The Taking of Deborah Logan stars an actress as at home in soap operas roles as she is in roles like the deranged woman in Shutter Island . Her vast range of characters prove that Jill Larson has the ability to look like a beautiful, young woman as well as an old, haggard one. But in 2014, her talent to portray a mature woman with a crumbling psyche comes fully into view.
Here, Jill plays Deborah Logan, an aging mother struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease. Her daughter, Sarah Logan is played by Anne Ramsay (Lisa from Mad About You.)
Sarah tries to help her mother who lives in a country house outside a rural Virginia town, but like many aging parents, Deborah isn’t all that willing to accept help. When Sarah discovers a flyer that offers a stipend as well as healthcare in exchange for participation in a University documentary film project, she’s compelled to respond because her mother needs the money and they need the help. The project is part of Mia Madina’s (Michelle Ang, My Wedding and Other Secrets) PhD requirements and is intended to explore the effects of Alzheimer’s, not only on the victim but on their caretakers as well.
The Taking of Deborah Logan is a found-footage film and like most movies of its kind, the “shaky cam” style gives the piece a raw feel, adding to the suspense. You follow the characters around as the students film the documentary and witness the day-to-day activities of Deborah and Sarah, actually seeing the disease progress before your eyes.
Those with loved ones suffering from the disease will relate to the lapses of memory, short-circuited calculations and fragmented activities. They may also relate to the scenes where Deborah is found in the middle of he night, staring blankly at walls or digging furiously in the backyard with nothing but her bare hands. But when the footage reveals Deborah doing odd things while no one is in the room (including levitating) and talking to someone we can’t see, we start to realize that Deborah Logan is dealing with something much more sinister than Alzheimer’s disease.
A Must-See Horror Flick
This movie contains some shocking scenes, including violence and self-harm, but it’s not your typical horror flick in terms of blood and gore. It’s more original than that. It’s a supernatural mystery/thriller with dark, creepy camera shots that make it hard to watch alone. Even after four viewings, I still find it hard to watch by myself.
This one is highly recommended and you’ll want to add it to your movie collection, or at least your viewing list.