Monday, July 7, 2008

The Abandoned

One of the “8 Films To Die For” After Dark Horrorfest movies (from the first series), The Abandoned is considered to be the best of the bunch. I’ve seen seven of the eight (I need a life) and I have found them to be just okay, in a sort of generic horror film way. The Abandoned probably is the best of the ones I've seen.

An American woman who was born in Russia and adopted away as an infant journeys back to Russia to claim some property, namely the house where her mother and father were killed 40 years previously. Once she arrives, she finds herself trapped in a haunted with a man who may be her twin brother. They are haunted by apparitions of themselves dead.

If you need a strong plot to enjoy a movie, you should stay away from this one. There are a lot of things that just don’t make sense, a couple of contradictions, and the resolution is a bit messy. What it does have going for it is it’s genuinely creepy, and has a nice, ominous atmosphere. If you are looking for a couple of chills and a generally unsettled feeling, this might work for you.

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