Welcome Scribbler Horror Fans! Do all “found footage” movies suck big sweaty donkey balls? Old Man Feind dared venture those waters once again to find out with…
So I think we’re all sick to fucking death of “found footage” movies, at least I know I am. For every decent or even good one there is an endless stream of ones that can suck the toe jam from a 800 lb shut in (fuckin ewww is right!). I had heard a little buzz about this one from people whose opinions I can usually trust so I decided to give it a chance. Thankfully (and I knew this going in) it isn’t all found footage crap but the vast majority is, about 90%. The found footage is interspersed with more normal footage from a documentary being made of the goings on of Deborah Logan. So hold your nose a moment and let’s see what this is all about since good ones like As Above So Below show us, “found footage” may suck but sometimes there’s a good story there.
Poor Deborah Logan has been sadly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Consider yourself lucky if you’ve never had to witness this disease up close. People think of it just as forgetting things which is true of the beginning stages but further in it’s a debilitating, humiliating and finally a very painful disease. But enough about that, this is a movie review after all. Deborah’s daughter Sarah (Anne Ramsay) is at her wits end between trying to care for her mother and being completely broke. In an effort to help out she has contacted a film crew looking to document the issue of Alzheimer’s up close. After initially backing out, Deborah (Jill Larson) agrees at Sarah’s urging because they need the money from the venture before they lose their house. It doesn’t take long for things to go from the odd nuances of advancing Alzheimer’s to the downright strange and it just keeps getting stranger.
I won’t spoil anything since this is one I know not a lot of people have seen yet. Suffice it to say Alzheimer’s isn’t all that’s going on. Deborah has a deep dark secret that is apparently haunting her badly and has developed some strange new abilities like being able to levitate and handle snakes. There is some kind of correlation to a pedophile dentist that went missing years earlier but again I don’t want to ruin this one. The story is well written and thought out so it is very interesting and some of the FX at the end are just damn wicked. Also whoever said TV actors can’t break into movies? The TV credits far outnumber the film credits in this one, Jill Larson is excellent as Deborah with her biggest prior achievement being the daytime soap All My Children and Anne Ramsay, as her daughter Sarah, has had mostly TV parts as well which I recognized her from one of my all-time favorite shows Dexter. A quick glance at some of the other actors showed similar results. All in all this is well acted all around and the story is actually very well done and intriguing.
I don’t want to spoil this one by giving away too many spoilers and plot points as this one is worth watching. So what didn’t I like about it? Well you can guess… that damn “found footage” style. Much like As Above So Below the story is well written and interesting but so many interesting parts are obscured or shown poorly because of the damn shaky cam or person running with the camera. I can’t express how annoying I find that. Just fucking stop! It’s not interesting, it doesn’t make the experience “real” it just makes me wanna puke and turn it off. Especially when there are some great FX! They are done no damn justice when the audience can barely make out what they are seeing. What’s the fucking point of that? It really makes me wanna travel back in time and punch the makers of The Blair Witch Project right in the fucking face for the non-stop stream of these films ever since. Please someone stop doing this shit. Just like As Above So Below this movie would have been fantastic if filmed in a normal fashion so I have to knock off several points just for being found damn footage. On a normal ranking scale this would get about a 3 out of 5 stars and a 4 if it wasn’t for the found footage. The story is the strength of the film but the film style severely hurts it in my eyes. However, here at Thy Demons Be Scribblin our rule is whether or not a film can pass The Scribbler Clock Test and in that (based on the story alone) The Taking of Deborah Logan can be dubbed…
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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