The Taking of Deborah Logan – USA, 2014 – reviews

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‘Evil lives within you’

The Taking of Deborah Logan – aka The Taking – is a 2014 American horror feature film directed by Adam Robitel (actor/editor on 2001 Maniacs films) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Gavin Heffernan and produced by Bryan Singer (Trick ‘r Treat and the X-Men films).

The movie stars Jill Larson, Michelle Ang, Ryan Cutrona, Anne Bedian, Brett Gentile, Jeremy DeCarlos, Tonya Bludsworth and Julianne Taylor.

Plot:

Mia Medina (Michelle Ang) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s disease. For the next few months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan (Jill Larson) and her daughter, Sarah (Anne Ramsay).

But as the days progress, strange things begin 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…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …a rare hidden gem of a horror movie that defines ‘cinematic scariness’, delivering a jolt after jolt as the plot unfolds, and culminating in a final act that features one of the scariest film sequences ever shown. The acting is great, too.” CineMarvellous!

The Taking of Deborah Logan is a smart horror film when it hews to these ideas and characters, but far less so when it focuses on the familiar mechanics of the genre: pyrotechnics, gore, and twisty-gimmicky endings. Deborah’s final, bizarre transformation is one that is entirely unnecessary in a film that has created such a rich, scary atmosphere.” John Kenneth Muir’s Reflections on Cult Movies and Classic TV

“The cast is exceptional (especially Jill Larson as the title character, whose changing personality sets the entire story in motion), and while the movie itself doesn’t bring anything new to the table […] The Taking of Deborah Logan does utilize the sub-genre’s conventions to relate what amounts to a very frightening tale.” 2,500 Movies Challenge

Cast and characters:

  • Jill Larson … Deborah Logan
  • Anne Ramsay … Sarah Logan
  • Michelle Ang … Mia Medina
  • Brett Gentile … Gavin
  • Jeremy DeCarlos … Luis
  • Ryan Cutrona … Harris
  • Tonya Bludsworth … Sheriff Tweed
  • Anne Bedian … Dr. Nazir
  • Randell Haynes … Dr. Schiffer
  • Jeffrey Woodard … Father Vitali
  • Julianne Taylor … Cara (as Julianne Elizabeth Taylor)
  • Dave Blamy … Cara’s Father
  • Melissa Lozoff … Cara’s Mother (as Melissa Ann Lozoff)
  • Bo Keister … Officer John Donato
  • Kevin A. Campbell … Henry Desjardins

Filming locations:

Charlottesville, North Carolina

Technical details:

  • 90 minutes
  • Audio: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1

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