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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) Review

by Yo Adrian on November 02nd, 2019 | | , , , ,

The Taking of Deborah Logan was directed by Adam Robitel (who also directed Escape Room and Insidious: The Last Key) and stars Anne Ramsay (from Critters 4), Ryan Cutrona (from Shark Attack: Megalodon) and Brett Gentile (from Night Feeders). It’s about a documentary crew who follows a woman with Alzheimer’s down the rabbit hole of what they think is mental decay, but what is actually something way worse.

Evil lives within you.

The Taking of Deborah Logan Review

The Taking of Deborah Logan is a found footage horror. It’s basically a mashup of Paranormal Activity (night vision cameras everywhere), The Visit (crazy old lady walking around at night) and Insidious (parasitic demon). It’s also a typical found footage movie that follows the path originally carved by Cannibal Holocaust, The Blair Witch Project and Grave Encounters. But what isn’t typical is the topic of mental disease being paired with the supernatural.

Deborah Logan is an old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, but at the same time is experiencing some crazy supernatural phenomena that can’t be so easily diagnosed. Everyone assumes she’s just descending into mental decay, overlooking the dark forces that are actually taking over her feeble body. It’s somewhat similar to the Evil Dead remake from 2013 in which a drug addict actually becomes possessed, but everyone writes off her bizarre behavior as being that of a drug addict suffering withdrawals.

And like the Evil Dead remake, I found this movie to be scary as hell. I’ve watched countless found footage movies and have become immune to their tricks. But The Taking of Deborah Logan really caught me off guard. It starts by making you think one thing, leads you into thinking another and then tosses the entire plot on its head. There’s so many things I never saw coming. And that ending! It was mind blowing crazy. It’s one of those endings where you don’t want to look, but you’ve already come so far that you have to.

I know you all have probably seen way too many found footage movies, they’ve been done to death, I get it. But The Taking of Deborah Logan manages to find a new angle that makes it worth sitting down for. I won’t get into any spoilers, and if you’ve never seen the trailer or reviews I suggest you don’t, go into this one blind, you won’t be disappointed.

Worth Watching?

Hell yeah. It’s a found footage horror, but if you can handle one more, this one will be worth it.


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