Movie Review – Abigail


In case you didn’t notice Vampires are pretty popular in pop culture. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Twilight there is no shortage of blood sucking media about immortal brooding tall dark and handsome creatures that go bump in the night. But what if the thing that goes bump in the night is 12 years old and what if you were locked in a house with them, because that is the idea behind the new film Abigail.

Past the leather clad vampire stories we have had a run of adaption of what could be considered the source material for vampire lore with Bram Stoker. From Voyage of the Damned expanding the chapter of a Vampire at Sea to Renfield continuing the lore of the vampire familiar, there is still a lot of lore untouched before we get to the sparkly vampires. And while there was a deleted chapter for Dracula’s daughter Abigail is very much more taking the concept and running with it than adapting.

Coming from the writer/director of the Samara Weaving Ready or Not and Scream IV, Abigail is part heist gone wrong/prisoners dilemma, part slasher horror thriller and part straight up monster movie. While it is hard to talk about this one without spoiling it (we probably have already) and the trailer pretty much gives up the meat of the concept straight away, if you want to go into this cold you can probably stop right now knowing it is a fairly bloody but enjoyable horror movie for fans of horror movies.

Still here? Ok. The story goes like this – a crew is hired to kidnap a 12 year old girl to hold her ransom. The crew, made up of 6 criminals with varied specialist skills and put together by a mysterious benefactor find themselves in a remote house where they need to stay for 24 hours. Not long into their stay they learn that the girls father is actually a Keyser Soze with a hitman on retainer who is known for gruesome deaths. It is not long into their stay until the crew starts turning up dead as well as the bodies start piling up.

Largely set in the same house that is locked from the outside, the crew made up of familiar faces that you will recognise from shows like Legion to Ant-Man’s daughter. Some of them do not even make it too the quarter mark before learning that the thing hunting them is a vampire, it is 12 years old and it likes ballet. While that made really clear in the trailer and even the movie poster for this film, it is telegraphed quite a lot in the beginning of the film to the level that the reveal is not really a reveal.

Much like Ready or Not this one is bloody, but unlike that film the element of supernatural in the mix means the blood is really dialled up to 11 later in the film to almost Dusk til Dawn levels (maybe even Evil Dead). The typical jump scares are still in here and the film does jump through it’s stages early in the film but the majority half is just straight up monster/horror as the remaining crew start to work together.

So should you go see it? If you are hoping for a black comedy still film then this probably has a few too many dead bodies for you. But if you are more on the horror side of the fence and don’t mind things bloody then this is one you will watch and then go on to recommend to your horror inclined friends.

Abigail is in cinemas across Australia from today

Andrew B

Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.

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Andrew B
Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.
movie-review-abigailAbigail mushes together the locked room horror and vampire genres into a bloody singular horror that the makers should feel proud of. With a fairly stacked cast of familiar faces and a fairly low survival rate, even though it touches on a larger world this is definitely a one and done but still will rate with horror fans. P.S. You do not need to wait until the very end of the credits