Prior to the DVD showing up in my mailbox, I had never heard of The Taking of Deborah Logan, formerly known as The Taking. No press release was sent out, no promotional still, posters or trailers, just an ominous notification from FedEX(or UPS, I can’t remember) that a package from Millennium was en route. After asking several colleagues, it would appear that almost everyone I know in the world of genre journalism, had this mysterious DVD en route. Most of us had already written it off, due to the generic sounding name, and the even less-effective front cover. A movie we’d never heard of, seen advertised, that was being pushed out without a request process? Surely that can’t be good. However, once word started trickling down from the first couple of brave souls that took it on, that the film was not only worth watching, but that it was actually pretty damn good, I instantly became intrigued. To add fuel to that fire, a week prior to the DVD release date, the movie was streaming in HD on Netflix. Apparently Millennium really wanted people to see This creepy little movie, but didn’t have the money to spend on an advertising campaign. That’s unfortunate too, because I think if this would have received a theatrical release, with a better name, poster and an effective trailer, this would have put some asses in theater seats.
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.
These possession flicks, especially those presented in the first-person format are a dime-a-dozen right now. 9 out of every 10 examples of the syle are either utterly-unwatchable, or forgettable at best. It’s nice to see a production team with the ability to take a stale, oversaturated style of horror film, and breathe new life into it. Will everybody love it? Probably not. I’ve noticed lately that most people would rather have something than to complain about, rather than spending time watching films, and appreciating them for what they accomplish. However, if you are wanting to be entertained, and possibly shaken up a little bit, The Taking of Deborah Logan is well worth the 84 minute investment. And, like I said, it’s available to stream in HD on Netflix, so you’re really not going to lose anything if it turns out not to be for you. If you like what you see, you can pick the DVD up for under ten bucks on Amazon right now. I’m sorry to see that this isn’t getting a Blu-ray release, but for the price of 10 bucks(or free on Netflix) it doesn’t get much better than this.