The Taking of Deborah Logan
Long time readers of Soulless Cult will know we're suckers for a good found footage movie; there's something about this genre of horror that always manages to be pretty entertaining, even though they always lack that reality factor they try to go for. The Taking of Deborah Logan is no different: it's a 2014 found footage film written by Gavin Heffernan and Adam Robitel, who also directed the film, and it follows young adults Mia, Gavin, and Luis who are working on a documentary to show the effects of Alzheimer's disease on not only the patient, but their family as well, and how the disease creates a life of confusion and sadness for all of those affected by it. It takes a little while to really get going, and once it does it really doesn't go anywhere or do anything horror fans haven't seen before; but the big payoff is the ending, which is totally freaky as fuck and will redeem the film from being an otherwise pretty uneventful flick. It's a pretty tame right up right up until the end, but it's that weird fucking ending that makes the movie worth recommending if you've got nothing else on your watch list right now. Deborah Logan will haunt you after you see where this goes.
At the beginning of their filming, everything seemed normal about Deborah; while she was hesitant to be a part of the documentary because she was a private person, her daughter Sarah convinces her that they needed the money to help keep the house. Eventually the team gets the go-ahead to continue filming, and it isn't long before they begin to realize something peculiar is going on with Deborah; she's beginning to act increasingly bizarre, but Sarah is assured by her physician that Deborah's behavior is normal for someone experiencing Alzheimer's like she is. It isn't long before Deborah's behavior begins to defy physics and her behavior turns sadistic - almost evil. That's when things really take a turn for Deborah and her family, and when the film really starts to ramp up. It is not upto the camera crew and Sarah to figure out what exactly is going on, who is involved, and what's causing the haunting, downward descent going on with Deborah. From there, things go from bad to worse as the chaos really begins to unfold.
Like I mentioned, The Taking of Deborah Logan isn't going to offer up anything that hardcore horror fans haven't seen before, and honestly it probably won't impress many. But for the casual scary movie goer, this film will definitely shock the viewer and leave them unsettled, since it is a pretty uncomfortable ride watching someone's mental health begin to deteriorate. Besides the jumpscares and freakiness, The Taking of Deborah Logan doesn't really have anything to get excited about - except for that crazy ass ending. Without giving too much away, things get fucking weird and as we all know, weird in horror is usually pretty good, and the case is no different in this movie. Jill Larson - the woman who plays Deborah Logan - is, without a doubt, the highlight of the movie for her portrayal of the affected woman; her performance required her to be both mentally and physically disturbing, and Larson stole the fucking show. From her facial looks to her body movements, Larson's acting in this film was better than most of the big time Hollywood horror movies we see today; her performance alone will haunt you to your core. If it wasn't for Logan and her spooky looks and actions, The Taking of Deborah Logan wouldn't be what it is.
Because the film is shot documentary-style, the found footage aspect of the movie is very comfortable to watch; I know a lot of viewers are hesitant to watch these types of movies, worrying about shaky cameras that are just uncomfortable to watch for an hour and a half. But this movies camera work is perfectly fine and you probably won't even notice you're watching a found footage style film once it kicks off. Besides the crazy ending (that I'm trying really hard not to spoil) and Larsons freaky performance, you won't see anything that will have you running to recommend the movie or warrant a rewatch, however, the conclusion and the story coming full circle make this movie well worth the hour and a half of your time just once, as I really think horror fans will appreciate them along with Larsons' incredible physical and mental showing. It's worth watching for free on a streaming service or renting for $2 this Halloween season if you're looking for a lesser known flick to add to your queue.