Main Plot Points:
- Mia Medina has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s disease.
- For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan and her daughter Sarah.
- But as the days progress, strange things beginning to happen around Deborah that are not consistent with any findings about Alzheimer’s.
- It becomes apparent that there’s something besides Alzheimer’s that has taken control of Deborah’s life.
- It’s an evil that is far worse than the debilitating disease with which she was first diagnosed.
What We Thought:
- The Taking Of Deborah Logan is yet another in a long line of found-footage films.
- This one is one of the few that “gets it right”.
- The film remembers what it is, and the premise, and sticks with.
- All the shots used make sense within the setting, and feel really natural.
- Because the film is being shot as a student’s documentary, there are a few times that some medical vignettes, explaining Alzheimer’s, are inserted into the film, and it helps add to the realism of the film, and helps to draw you into the film, and build the illusion. These vignettes are done early enough in the film, before the horror begins, that it doesn’t ruin the flow, or take you out of the parts that are supposed to be scary.
- The film sensitively, and realistically handles the parts of the film revolving around Alzheimer’s disease.
- The acting is at least decent or better with the weakest performance coming from Michelle Ang as Mia Medina and unfortunately, she is sort of the lead character.
- The relatively strong performances of Jill Larson (as the titular Deborah Logan), Anne Ramsay (as Sarah Logan), and Ryan Cutrona (as Harris) really make up for any weaker performances.
- The plot wasn’t bad, it wasn’t spectacular, but was decent enough, and plausible if you buy into the premise. It worked for what the film was.
- One thing I really liked was when the problems started getting really bad, one character just decides filming this isn’t worth it and just leaves. I liked that because it isn’t something you normally see, and even if you do, the character is found dead later or something. Not this film, he leaves and that is it. It kind of made the film feel a little more realistic.
- It is not often I really enjoy a found-footage film, but I have to say, I liked this one. It got more right than it got wrong.
- I would recommend this one to horror fans. Especially any found-footage fans, as it is a great example of the sub-genre done right.
- “Making Of” Featurette
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jill Larson
- Ann Ramsay
- Ryan Cutrona
- Michelle Ang
- Anne Bedain
- Adam Robitel
- Bryan Singer
- Christa Campbell
- Lati Grobman
- Jeff Rice
Recommended if You Like:
- The Last Exorcism series