THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN – DVD Review
A new found footage film? Yes. With a slight twist that makes it stand out? Double yes.
Mia Medina (Ang) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan (Larson) and her daughter Sarah (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.
When I first heard of The Taking of Deborah Logan, I was a bit skeptical. I didn’t really add it to my list right away because I’d heard it was another found footage film and, to be quite honest, I’ve grown a bit tired of them. I honestly thought that’s something I would never say. I enjoy found footage films quite a bit, but throughout these past few years, I’ve found the quality of them to go up… and that’s not a good thing. But then I finally read some reviews on The Taking of Deborah Logan and, as usual, I took them to heart and watched it. Suffice to say, it seems to be one of the best found footage films of the year. First off, I love the premise. Mia, a student, is doing a film/documentary about Alzheimer’s Disease. So we follow her around and how she’s chosen Deborah to be her subject. Following Deborah around feels scarily real. Like, yeah, she may have Alzheimers. We, the audience, know that’s not the case, but putting that aside, it seems real. As the film progresses, we learn that she’s not suffering from the prolonged effects of Alzheimers disease, but from something else… something supernatural.
I found this film frightening and, yes, even shocking. The frightening aspects come the surreal atmosphere from the very beginning and only pick up from there. While watching, I thought this was a pretty creepy movie with a pretty clever plot line, but as the film goes on, I found myself getting more invested into what was actually going on. You’ll learn more as you watch, but my jaw dropped at the final climactic scene as the film makers see what is actually going on here. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and it’s still engraved into my skull to this day. The Taking of Deborah Logan is one of the better horror films to come out of 2014 and that’s saying something. 2014 hasn’t been the best year for the genre, but with films like this, it gives us hope that more and more filmmakers are creating new and original ideas.