The Taking of Deborah Logan

The Taking of Deborah Logan.pngThe Taking of Deborah Logan

The Taking of Deborah Logan is a 2014 American horror film and the feature film directorial debut of Adam Robitel, written by Robitel and co-writer Gavin Heffernan. The film stars Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, and Michelle Ang.[1] Set in Virginia, it tells the story of a documentary crew making a film about Alzheimer’s patients who uncover something sinister while documenting a woman who suffers from the disease.[2] The film was produced by Jeff Rice and Bryan Singer and was released on October 21, 2014.

Mia, Gavin, and Luis are a documentary team set to create a documentary about Deborah, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Deborah is reluctant to be filmed, but agrees to the project after her daughter Sarah reminds her that they need the money to keep the house from being repossessed. While filming, Sarah and Deborah talk about earlier years when Deborah worked as a switchboard operator for her own answering service business to make ends meet.

Deborah is shown to exhibit increasingly bizarre actions that her personal physician, Dr. Nazir, states are normal for someone with an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s. However, cameraman Luis begins to notice that several of Deborah’s actions defy normal explanations and expresses concern that something supernatural is occurring. Things grow more tense after Luis and Gavin record audio of Deborah speaking in French while sitting at her old switchboard, talking about sacrifices and snakes. They also notice that the line for 337 continually rings and discover that the line belonged to local physician Henry Desjardins, who disappeared after a series of cannibalistic ritualized murders of four young girls. This information is too much for Gavin and he quits. Deborah’s behavior becomes so extreme that she is hospitalized for her own safety.

Mia and the others discover that Desjardins was supposedly trying to re-create an ancient demonic ritual that would make him immortal but required the deaths of five girls that recently had their first period. They question whether Deborah is possessed by Desjardins; a similar case in Africa where a mother was possessed by her dead son was only freed when a witch doctor burned the son’s corpse. At the hospital, Harris visits Deborah, who begs Harris to kill her. He tries to comply with her wishes, but is unsuccessful due to the entity within Deborah preventing it. Sarah, Mia, and Luis discover that Deborah had unsuccessfully tried to abduct Cara, a young cancer patient in whom she had previously shown interest. Sarah learns that years ago, Deborah had learned that Desjardins planned to use Sarah for his fifth victim and had murdered the doctor before he could accomplish this, and buried his body in the yard. The group eventually finds the body and tries to burn it, but is unsuccessful.

Deborah succeeds in abducting Cara and taking her to the location where Desjardins had killed all of his previous victims. Sarah, Luis and Mia find Deborah just as she’s trying to eat Cara’s head in a snake-like manner. They manage to burn Desjardins’ corpse. The film then cuts to news footage of reporters stating that Deborah was deemed unfit to stand trial for the crimes she committed during her abduction of Cara. An additional news story shows that Cara has overcome her cancer and is celebrating her birthday. As the reporter begins to wrap up the story, Cara turns to the camera and gives a creepy smile, hinting that Desjardins’ ritual was completed and that he is now in control of her body.


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Directed by Adam Robitel
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music by Haim Mazar
Cinematography Andrew Huebscher
Edited by
Distributed by
Release dates
  • October 21, 2014 (2014-10-21)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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