The Taking of Deborah Logan

7 Overall Score

Fresh twist on the found footage genre, final act is full throttle.

Typical scares for most of the film, shaky cam is the bane of found footage.

Every horror fan seems to have a guilty pleasure. For some, it’s zombies. Others just love vampire flicks. You get the idea. This could go on and on, and me being me…I don’t like to be pigeonholed into liking just the one thing more than another. Yeah, I’ve got a lot of guilty pleasures when it comes to film so it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I LOVE found footage movies. The Taking of Deborah Logan certainly falls into this sub-genre of genre filmmaking and I certainly loved every stupid second of it.

The Taking of Deborah Logan was a movie that had been on my radar of horror films to check out for quite a while, and since it was added to Netflix not too long ago I’d been kind of putting it off. I could have watched it whenever really since all I really have to do is watch or play stuff to review, so I’m not quite sure why this one took me so long to check out. The premise was interesting enough: A film crew is documenting an older Alzheimer’s victim descent into madness and the effects this is having on her family…but is something more sinister at play here? Is she possessed? Sounds rad right? Well, yes and no. The same pitfalls that seem to plague most films of this genre are at play here. The shakey cam. Characters shrill screams as they plunge into darkness leading you to say, “WTF IS GOING ON!?” Jump scares. Blaring SFX to issue the false scares. It’s all there. Luckily it’s an interesting twist on the genre, and the gags work for the most part. The thing that impressed me most about the film was the reality that someone suffering from Dementia or Alzheimers could really come across as being possessed and without any sort of spoilers it got me thinking about that possibilty for the outcome.

So, was it worth the wait?
If you are a horror fan looking for something current and at least slightly original then the answer is yes. The Taking of Deborah Logan isn’t going to stay with you forever, and it won’t be talked about for years and years to come, but it’s a solid little found footage gem that spins the genre just enough to make it stand out. It may have been a pass for me overall, but the final act of this film really picks up the pace and drives it home. Usually when movies are losing steam, this one is going full throttle to the finish. It’s streaming on Netflix so what have you got to lose…EXCEPT YOUR MIND. Plus old people are creepy.

The Taking of Deborah Logan was released on October 21, 2014 and has a runtime of 90 minutes.


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