The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014 film)

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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014 film)

Summary

A small group of researchers record the daily lives of Deborah and her daughter Sarah as part of a thesis on senility. As the days progress, strange things happen around Deborah, and it becomes apparent something has taken control of her.

Details

  • Release Date: 2014
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Mystery, Horror, found footage
  • Runtime: 1 hr 31 min
  • Starring: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang
  • Director: Adam Robitel
  • Writer: Adam Robitel, Gavin Heffernan
  • Producer/Production Co: Bad Hat Harry Productions, Jeff Rice Films, Casadelic Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Brief Nudity, Violence, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

There is little here overtly "Lovecraftian", but what looks at first like a routine shaky-cam found-footage mockumentary turned demonic-possession film evolves into a little supernatural mystery full of little clues from diverse sources that the audience and the characters can assemble as the film progresses, involving human sacrifice to a bizarre god. (Note that H.P. Lovecraft did actually dabble in the possession horror genre, with stories such as "Beyond the Wall of Sleep", "The Thing on the Doorstep", and "The Shadow Out of Time", and the film version of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", though this last one seems to have been more the work of screenwriter Charles Beaumont than Lovecraft's own intention.)

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Brian M. Sammons at Innsmouth Free Press, (link) - "Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of Cthulhu Mythos or Lovecraftian connections to this movie. Sure, some people see HPL’s influence everywhere, and there may be some here around the edges, but nothing more than that. And yet, this movie, more than any other in recent memory, reminded me of a good game of Call of Cthulhu...."


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A small group of researchers record the daily lives of Deborah and her daughter Sarah as part of a thesis on senility. As the days progress, strange things happen around Deborah, and it becomes apparent something has taken control of her.


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Keeper Notes

  • Lovecraft dabbled in "possession" horror fiction more than once (in a Lovecraft story, what the scientist and military characters observe in this film would essentially be signs of a personality exchange with a cultist "wizard" or any of Lovecraft's bewildering varieties of strange alien intelligence), and the essential story (a woman is studied by an unscrupulous secret government program for study after a mysterious change in personality accompanied by exhibition of astonishing supernatural powers) would be easy to adapt to a Call of Cthulhu or Delta Green scenario.