‘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.
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…
” …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 doesn’t quite manage to live up to its potential, but it is made very solid and as far as found footage possession films go you can definitely do a lot worse than this.” Cinema Terror
“A supernatural found-footage horror that is very entertaining & actually manages to be creepy? Well worth a watch even if you’re a long-term jaded horror fan like myself.” Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
“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
“Not since The Blair Witch Project has terror been quite so tangible and, when you consider how ineffectual and stagnant this genre has become in recent years, that is a rather significant compliment. The real kicker however is that we aren’t forced through an hour of banal exchanges and twitch-inducing nothingness to feel consternation’s icy grip.” Rivers of Grue
“The Taking Of Deborah Logan is a surprising little gem that conjures up Exorcist and Blair Witch vibes but very much settles into its own niche. I’ve deliberately not given away too much of the plot’s more fantastical elements (and be warned: the trailer below reveals a little more) because this is really a film that needs to be discovered rather than expected. And discover it you should.” That Was a Bit Mental
“There are a few nagging little details sprinkled throughout that prevent me from flatly declaring The Taking Of Deborah Logan to be a modern horror masterpiece (it gives away its hand a bit early in terms of some of its “shock revelations,” for instance, and plays up a bog-standard “demonic possession” angle for a while before, thankfully, proving to be something kinda related, but much more frightening), but it sure comes close.” Trash Film Guru
“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
Charlottesville, North Carolina
Audio: Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1