The Taking of Deborah Logan is surprisingly good found-footage horror that I recommend highly.
A group of medical students decided to shoot a documentary about Alzheimer disease by studying Deborah Logan who is suffering from early stage of Alzheimer disease. But they discovered that she suffering from more than a Alzheimer disease. There are darker side about Deborah that they didn’t expect.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
The Taking of Deborah Logan is one of the best found-footage horror that’s out there. It is hidden gem that not too many people know about. Even if you are not a fan of found-footage film, it will scare the socks off and you’ll be entertained.
I know that Alzheimer disease is serious stuff, and some might be thinking that the movie exploit this serious disease for some cheap entertainment. But the movie isn’t really about Alzheimer disease. It is just a cover up for something more supernatural and paranormal. If the movie is about just Alzheimer disease, it wouldn’t be scary at all. So I wouldn’t necessary see that the movie has exploit this serous disease for cheap entertainment. In fact, it brings bit of awareness of this disease for those who has no idea about this disease.
What makes the movies great is the strong performance by Jill Larson. She is amazing. Her performance was gut wrenching in its authenticity. Deborah’s daughter played by Anne Ramsay also did a great job.
If you are looking for jump scares and gore, it doesn’t have much. But the whole atmosphere of the movie is very creepy and scary. It has many of the Paranormal Activities moments that will creep you out.
Best of part of the movie is the story line. The story is very interesting and original. I won’t go into any detail about the story. It is better for you to find out for yourself. The movie slowly reveals the dark secret of Deborah and explains clearly what is happening to her. The final 30 minutes of the movie will surprise you and even shock you.
Spoiler Ending (Spoiler Alert)
Deborah Logan has early stage of Alzheimer but she is also possessed by an evil spirit. The movie deals with concept of “spiritual parasite.” The idea is that a vengeful spirits is looking for human host and the weak minds are easily exploited by the spirit. Elderly person with disease and children are specially vulnerable to the evil spirit.
The story begins with local pediatrician named Desjardines. He is dying so he decided to gain immortality by performing a ritual that involves killing of incident little girls. In order to gain immortality, he needed to kill five girls. He was able to kill four girls, and the fifth girl supposed to be the daughter of Deborah, Sara. But Deborah’s good friend found out about it and he was able to kill Desjardines before he can harm Sara. The spirit of Desjardines is able to possess Deborah in order to complete the ritual by killing the fifth girl.
One thing you’ll noticed is that the movie has many references to snake. The ritual involves snakes and its venom. Also you’ll noticed that Deborah is slowly turning into a snake. It starts out with shedding of her skin, and at the end of the movie, she is about to swallow the little girl in the cave like a snake swallowing its prey. This is the shocking surprise at the end of the movie.
Fortunately, they were able to stop the spirit from killing the fifth girl by shooting at her. Also in order to free Deborah, they had to burn remaining of Desjardines’ body that they found in the attic of the house.
At the end, Desjardines was unable to finish the ritual using Deborah’s body, but he was able to possess the little girl’s body. It makes sense because the spiritual parasite can easily possess weak minds such as sick young child. Also if you notice, we didn’t see any bullet wounds on Deborah, but there is head wounds on the little girl. It is possible that they actually shot the little girl instead of Deborah which help Desjardines to take over little girl’s body. If you remember, little girl is a cancer patient. We are assuming that the spirit of Desjardines will continue to try to complete the ritual using little girl body to gain his immortality.
In the Nutshell
The Taking of Deborah Logan is surprisingly good found-footage horror film. I highly recommend. I give 5 out of 5 stars.
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Genre: Found-footage / Demonic Possession
Rotten Tomato Rating: 83% / 48%
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