Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Abandoned (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight Blu-ray) - It May Be Best to Abandon This One

I think I might have enjoyed The Abandoned if our lead character, Streak, didn't have a habit of doing stupid shit that every single goddamn Horror fan KNOWS you're not supposed to do. You don't go into the room they tell you NOT to go into. Don't invite the dude in who you're not supposed to invite in. You know... the things that drive Horror plots since the late 70's slasher boom. Not that The Abandoned is a slasher film. It's a supernatural pic with demonic forces parading around an abandoned building screwing up our protagonist's cabbage patch.

This one wasn't for me, guys.

At first I had hopes to see what Jason Patric would do having not seen him since The Lost Boys. Yes, I know he's had a career since then, I just haven't cared. As it turns out, his role in The Abandoned was fairly generic as well and provided little for me to consider in this review. Martha Marcy May Marlene was actually fine as Streak, but I'm afraid the character is so unlikable that when all Hell breaks loose, I'm ready to let her go with it.

The supernatural, demonic forces show themselves in the most used up cliche effects and designs, giving little novelty to a movie that wanted so bad to be a haunted house/building picture.

The crossover between the psychological thriller aspects of the movie, focusing on Streaks own personal "demons" with the horrifying realities of the abandoned building is forced, not scary and not entertaining enough or fun enough to be of any use to the audience. The movie simply isn't memorable, the "villain" is uninteresting.

I often say that IFC Midnight is either hit or miss. This was a miss.

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From Scream Factory:

Take a terrifying plunge into the warped mind of a disturbed young woman. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (Louisa Krause – Martha Marcy May Marlene) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. But on her first night on duty, she discovers a horrifying presence lurking deep within the bowels of the decaying building. With her nerves already on edge, Streak must confront demons both real and imagined as she struggles to keep a grip on her sanity. Jason Patric (The Losers, Narc) co-stars in this harrowing thrill ride.

Bonus Features
Deleted Scenes
Alternate Ending
Theatrical Trailer

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