The Taking of Deborah Logan
Written by: Gavin Heffernan and Adam Robitel
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Starring: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Jeremy DeCarlos, and Ryan Cutrona
Vampires, zombies, found footage, and possession are all horror genres that have been way… and I mean WAY overdone over the last two decades. With that said there are a few, here and there, amongst these genres that are very well done, enjoyable horror films. From “Let the Right One In” to “The Battery” to “The Sacrament” they do exist and are often some of the better movies you will see. “The Taking of Deborah Logan” is an example of one of these exceptions. Even more impressive is that director Adam Robitel uses not just one but two of these “Make at your own career’s risk” genres, and does so masterfully.
I am not going to go too deep into the plot. It is better you go in knowing nothing more than the Netflix synopsis. Basically the set up is this: College student Mia (Ang) takes a documentary film crew to the home of Deborah Logan. Their goal is to film the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, for Mia’s PhD thesis film. Over time, it becomes clear to Mia and her crew that there is something much more dangerous and possibly evil than what they are there to film.
The whole cast does an excellent job. The story never lags and held my interest all the way through. There are plenty of fun scares. It was really impressive. I love when a director and his team can breathe new life into left for dead genres, and Robitel, Larson, Ang and co. did an amazing job at doing just that. All I can say is pop some popcorn, turn off the lights, put “The Taking of Deborah Logan” on, and make sure your significant other has a blanket to hide under.