MOVIEHOOKER’S NETFLIX PICK OF THE WEEK – THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN

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The Taking of Deborah Logan

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If you’re a fan of the Found-Footage genre then you would probably enjoy this movie. The film follows the usual documentary film crew as they start to document a women’s deterioration after she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. What the film crew document will be used as part of a thesis for one of the crews doctorate, the family will get money for their contribution, so everybody wins, right?.

Not long after this backstory is established, things start getting very weird. Even though Deborah is the early stages of the disease, some of her actions become unexplainable (which is cleverly documented with cameras throughout the house). That is all you need to know about the plot. The less you know about the film, the more you’ll get out of it.

What I can say is that there was one scene, Deborah has disappeared and they are looking for her. She is in the attic sitting at the back. When the film crew enter the attic, I got the same feeling I did when i seen the old woman at the end of [REC] for the first time, we all know how good of a scene that was.

I found the movie to extremely frightening, the plot purposely confuses the viewer throughout, but things become apparent from early-on that there is something more sinister at work. I actually didn’t want to watch it at the start because it sounded too real. I wasn’t aware that it was a horror until I put on my broken glasses and read the small print.

The acting was really good. The woman who played Deborah Logan (Jill Larson) is a force to be reckoned with. The supporting cast also done a great job but all the credit goes to Larson. There is scenes of her standing in a dark room with a vacant look in her eyes, no script, or even movement, she just stood there, and it was fucking frightening. Then there is the complete opposite of that. She would be screaming at the top of her lungs, attacking the crew and even ripping her own flesh from her body. And the great thing about it is you don’t know which way she is gonna be from one minute to the next, she could just change in the blink of an eye. There is a constant sense of unpredictability throughout the film which I thought added a nice touch to mockumentary style filming.

So if you’re a fan of the found-footage genre then THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN is well worth finding.

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