The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

In this installment of ForsakenFilmReviews, I look at The Taking of Deborah Logan, an American horror film from 2014 starring Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, and Michelle Ang.  The movie follows a film crew, headed by Ang’s character, as they document the life of Deborah Logan, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease.  But we learn that there is something far more sinister going on with Ms. Logan.

Jill Larson puts in a wonderful performance as Deborah, a proud woman degenerating both physically and mentally due to her illness.  Anne Ramsay plays her strong daughter believable as well.  I found myself truly sympathizing with these main characters throughout the film.

The special effects were nicely done in this piece, maintaining a good balance between believable and being cool looking.  I especially loved how the film makers used the special effects to accent the film rather than overpower it.  The highlight was the Deborah’s transformation near the end of the film.

Though this film contains many of the troupes you expect to see in modern horror films, such as jump scares and Paranormal Activity camera work, those scenes were not overly done.  The film instead tried to create an atmosphere of uneasiness in the audience, which I truly enjoyed.  It was also very refreshing to watch Deborah’s slow decay as she was losing both to her battle with Alzheimer’s as well as with the other entity in her life, giving the film a David Cronenberg feel.  Those of you that like stories that take time to build will appreciate the pacing in this one.

I give this film a 3.5, as it is a movie I would watch multiple times and wouldn’t mind owning if the price were right.

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