December 19, 2016 Abattoir (Movie Review)
Looking to offer the Horror scene something different, Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II 2005, Saw III 2006) and Writer Christopher Monfette (12 Monkeys 2015) offer viewers original film Abattoir. Abattoir, which translates into “Slaughterhouse,” separates the norm from the weird using special effects and multiple plot twists. A concept Bousman has been pondering for a long time, not shockingly, with the film’s great potential comes an even greater repertoire of actors including Lin Shaye (Insidious 2010, Insidious: Chapter 2 2013), Jessica Lowndes (Altitude 2010, The Prince 2014), Joe Anderson (The Crazies 2010, The Grey 2011), Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy 2008, Halloween II 2009), and Bryan Batt (Funny People 2009, 12 Years a Slave 2013). Bringing forth a sort of surrealism with the tricks and special effects, Abattoir is a hidden gem worthy of discussion.
Initially debuting on June 7, 2016, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Abattoir was released on December 9th via Momentum Films on VOD. Approximately ninety-eight minutes, the story follows an investigative reporter named Julia Talben (Lowndes) and her need to find answers about her sister’s murder that led to even more questions following the results. One very quiet evening, Julia’s sister, along with her nephew and brother-in-law, are brutally murdered and Julia gets a call from an unknown person delivering the news. Everything seems to be like a normal house invasion but when she notices the room her sister was killed in was moved and completely different, Julia embarks on a journey to find out the truth who is later joined by her on and off again detective boyfriend Declan Grady (Anderson). Through some research, Julia finds information that leads her to a town called New English; a town that seems all too familiar to Julia.
Upon arrival, Julia meets an array of rude people from New English until she finally meets Allie (Shaye), a woman who initially looks friendly and offers Julia a helping hand. Things go south when Detective Grady arrives at Allie’s house asking for Julia and from then on, things start to go downhill. Allie is visited by Jebediah Crone (Callie), a man with a dark past who was waiting for Julia to arrive in order to make chaos. Julia and Grady drive to an abattoir, a house where memories of tragic deaths have occurred and it may give Julia and Grady a death of their own if they are not careful. Jebediah Crone offers them either to leave and forget about everything or enter the house at their own risk; neither of them is too keen on following good paths and they are prone to repeating past mistakes.
A mix of styles, Abattoir is a film that has a dark feel, meaning that the entire movie is shot using obscure filters to make the Thriller more fascinating and eerie. That in mind, Horror fans should expect to be engrossed with this film, including everything from the actors’ costumes to objects used to symbolize a degree of creepiness that fit perfectly with the film’s aura. A saga Bousman hopes to continue, there will reportedly be a sequel to the film, entitled The Dwelling. Until then, CrypticRock gives Abattoir 4 out of 5 stars.