Just finished watching Stephen Durham’s Abbey Grace and, although it isn’t a perfect movie, I definitely enjoyed watching it.
The movie focuses on a sister (Debbie Sheridan) who returns to her childhood home to look after her agoraphobic brother (Jacob Hobbs). Both Sheridan and Hobbs offer convincing performances of the frustrations they feel and can’t seem to understand in each other. However, as the movie progressed, it became very clear why they got he leads as opposed to the other actors in the film. Invited to the house to observe Hobbs’ character, Amber Gallaway plays a renowned doctor who wasn’t necessarily a bad actress, but she seemed more like a giddy valley-girl in booty shorts as opposed to a highly touted professional. Semi Anthony, the exorcist, used an accent that was so muddles and off that I was waiting to know if he was joking or not….the film should have been a two- person cast.
Aside from the downhill spiral of the acting, the plot was really fun! I enjoyed it a great deal, but soon realized why I enjoyed it so much…I had seen it before. No, the movie is not a rip off of another plat, it’s the blending of six movies. There were heavy elements of classics such as Cujo, Paranormal Activity, The Shining, The Exorcist, and even a bit of Hellraiser (although the film’s defense, I probably wouldn’t have noticed that one if noticing the others hadn’t raised my plot-copy magnifying glass).
The one element that I really thought was clever in the film was that the protagonist was in a haunted situation and was mentally unable to leave due to his debilitating agoraphobia. This added a new element and both forced him to deal with the situation and squelched the viewer on the couch from saying “just get out and find another house!”
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It was fun, it was gripping right from the start and, if you don’t have time to watch a marathon of movies, you can get the whole casserole of plots in this 1 hour and 23 minutes. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to watch a movie that includes a demonic chock-slam.