The Taking of Deborah Logan
Updated: Jul 19, 2021
The 127th review!
I don’t think I’ve eaten anything today. I should probably get on that at some point... So at halftime of the OSU/Indiana game I realized I needed to get my movie in before the Notre Dame game. To the Netflix well I went and checked out...
The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
A college film crew is shooting a documentary on Alzheimer’s Disease (yes it’s found footage, but it’s not the bad kind) and the subject is an older lady who is in the early stages of the disease. It’s very well done in the beginning and it gives you a medical perspective of Alzheimer’s that really is terrifying. My French teacher took a lot of time off my sophomore year because his dad lived in Florida and was dying of it. He came back once, then less a week later he had to leave again.
It didn’t really hit me at the time, but one of the things he told us stayed with me. When he came back the first time, he was clearly in pain and said taking care of his dad was like dealing with an “unruly teenager.” He said his dad kept asking where his wife was, and my teacher had to keep reminding him she died years ago, and each time it was like the first time his dad ever heard it. I can’t imagine going through something like that, and it really is terrifying.
But I digress...
The more the students are around their documentary subject, Deborah Logan, they begin to realize something is wrong that goes way beyond her disease. The reviews are generally positive, and I’d agree, it’s not bad. But as one review put it, it does nothing different except for one scene at the end that I REALLY did not see coming. It also features snakes in it, a lot, and that’s terrifying. There’s a scene where they’re literally crawling through a mine that is filled with poisonous snakes, and come out unscathed. I don’t know man...
One thing I did like about it, the movie actually had a smart character in it. They all realize what’s going on and see all the freaky shit going down, and one character says, “Fuck it” and leaves. He’s already getting double his money, but he prefers his life to the money and grade and I appreciated that. Very rarely does anyone in horror movies do the smart thing and decide to remove themselves from the situation, and I liked that.
It’s good, it has its moments, and if I can bother a term from Steve, it’s inoffensive. A horror movie you’ll find on Netflix that isn’t a bad way to kill an hour and a half.