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Abigail is a horror film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Stephen Shields and Guy Busick scripted the film s screenplay. This film features

Abigail Movie Review

Abigail Movie Review English Movie Review
Review for the film " Abigail"
Runtime: 02 Hours 00 Minutes
Certificate: A
Released: 26-04-2024
Genre: Horror
2.5 / 5.0
3.54 / 5.0

CAST & CREW


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  • Producer:
  • James Vanderbilt
  • Paul Neinstein
  • William Sherak
  • Chad Villella
  • Tripp Vinson
  • Editor:
  • Michael P. Shawver
  • Director:
  • Tyler Gillett
  • Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
  • Screenplay:
  • Guy Busick
  • Stephen Shields
  • First Assistant Director:
  • Daire Glynn
  • Second Assistant Director:
  • Tanya Rosen
  • Karen Byrne
  • Director of Photography:
  • Aaron Morton
  • Executive Producer:
  • Ron Lynch
  • Macdara Kelleher
  • Second Unit Director:
  • Wade Allen
  • Assistant Editor:
  • Gabriel Diaz
  • Script Supervisor:
  • Sinéad Lillis
  • Louise Gaffney
  • Gaffer:
  • Barry Conroy
  • Music Editor:
  • Ben Zales
  • Matthew Llewellyn
  • Foley Artist:
  • Dan O\'Connell
  • Casting Assistant:
  • Amy Costa
  • Costume Assistant:
  • Annie Peachey
  • Location Manager:
  • Eoin Holohan
  • Makeup Artist:
  • Cara Hannah Sullivan
  • Aimee Plant
  • Liz Byrne
  • Stunt Coordinator:
  • Giedrius Nagys
  • Stunt Double:
  • Aoife Bailey
  • Hannah Behan
  • Jokubas Nagys
  • Yeray Morillas
  • Jacek Jagodka
  • Rachelle Beinart
  • Visual Effects Coordinator:
  • Vikas Patnaik
  • Anna Escoda
  • Digital Compositor:
  • Adrià Ruiz
  • Eloi Bartolomé
  • Compositor:
  • Duncan Key
  • Samantha Bailor
  • Camera Operator:
  • Mick O\'Rourke
  • Electrician:
  • Rob Atkinson
  • Assistant Art Director:
  • Robert Barrett
  • Lighting Technician:
  • Sean Conroy
  • Eimear Ennis-Graham
  • First Assistant Editor:
  • Diana \'D\' Yip
  • Production Coordinator:
  • Cian Boyne
  • Costume Supervisor:
  • Niamh Buckley
  • Digital Imaging Technician:
  • Sean Leonard
  • Graphic Designer:
  • James Doyle
  • Patricia Douglas
  • Production Assistant:
  • Roisin O\'Donoghue
  • Title Designer:
  • Matt Curtis
  • Key Grip:
  • John Connon
  • Actress:
  • Art Direction:
  • Aisling O\'Callaghan
  • Production Design:
  • Susie Cullen
  • Story:
  • Stephen Shields
  • Original Music Composer:
  • Costume Design:
  • Gwen Jeffares Hourie
  • Third Assistant Director:
  • Nicola Jackson
  • Fight Choreographer:
  • Jessica Grant
  • Casting:
  • Stunts:
  • Isaac Cairns
  • Alessandro Romeo
  • Isaac Finken
  • Jennifer El Damasi
  • Seth Collins
  • Supervising Art Director:
  • Shane McEnroe
  • Unit Production Manager:
  • Niamh Gale
  • Production Secretary:
  • Ciara Walsh Clancy
  • ADR Mixer:
  • Patrick Christensen
  • Foley Mixer:
  • Tavish Grade
  • Assistant Location Manager:
  • Jack Farrelly
  • Best Boy Grip:
  • Karl Roche
  • Grip:
  • Oisín Kelly
  • Property Master:
  • Mick Flood
  • Concept Artist:
  • Peter Delaney
  • Hair Designer:
  • Linda Gannon
  • Prosthetic Makeup Artist:
  • Paddy Hoyne
  • Executive In Charge Of Production:
  • Cristen Carr Strubbe
  • Assistant Director Trainee:
  • Chelsea O\'Toole
  • Oisin McDermott
  • Alan Elbakidze
  • Props:
  • Fabien Oman
  • Production Sound Mixer:
  • Hugh Fox
  • Head of Layout:
  • Huck Hur
  • Compositing Supervisor:
  • Gudjon Kristjansson
  • Lighting Artist:
  • Pablo Franquebalme Álvarez
  • Stunt Driver:
  • Chris Dowling
  • Orlaith Doherty
  • Paul Thompson
  • Fionn Condren
  • Stephen Mullen
  • Dennis Healy
  • David Byrne
  • First Assistant Camera:
  • Alan Butler
  • Luke Murphy Gilligan
  • Clapper Loader:
  • Sean Green
  • Camera Trainee:
  • Daniel Kinney
  • Bailey Hayden
  • Greg Murphy
  • Elena Larionova
  • Lighting Programmer:
  • Barry Hehir
  • Second Assistant Camera:
  • Howard Jones
  • Shane Rowan
  • Richard Lacey
  • Epk Camera Operator:
  • Esme Pum McNamee
  • Dailies Technician:
  • Zach McParland
  • ADR Voice Casting:
  • Mark Sussman
  • Patty Connolly
  • Costume Standby:
  • Lindsey McClurg
  • Audrey Lynch
  • Nicola Flynn
  • Ciara Deery
  • Location Assistant:
  • Tessa Davis
  • Orchestrator:
  • Jeff Toyne
  • Picture Car Coordinator:
  • Anthony Pattison
  • Assistant Production Coordinator:
  • Donal Duffy
  • Production Trainee:
  • Harry Loakman
  • In Memory Of:
  • Angus Cloud

Abigail is a horror film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. Stephen Shields and Guy Busick scripted the film’s screenplay. This film features Melissa Barrera Bio coming soon... >> Read More... (Joey), Dan Stevens Daniel Jonathan aka Dan Stevens is an English acto >> Read More... (Frank), Alisha Weir (Abigail), Will Catlett (Rickles), Kathryn Newton Kathryn Newton is an American actress born on 8th >> Read More... (Sammy), Kevin Durand Kevin Durand is an artist if nationality Canada. K >> Read More... (Peter), Angus Cloud (Dean), Giancarlo Esposito Giancarlo’s full name is Giuseppe Alessandro Espos >> Read More... (Lambert), Matthew Goode Matthew Goode, also known as Matthew William Goode >> Read More... (Abigail's father), and others. Brian Tyler has given the music for this film. The producers of this film are Macdara Kelleher, Ron Lynch, Paul Neinstein, William Sherak, James Vanderbilt, Chad Villella, and Tripp Vinson. Aaron Morton is the cinematographer of this film. Michael P. Shawver is the editor of this movie.

Plot

The story is centered on a group of criminals who are hired for a kidnapping. Their target is Abigail, the young, ballet-loving daughter of a rich and powerful man. They pull off their assignment easily and take their target to a remote house, where they're met by Lambert. He tells them to keep an eye on Abigail, to wait for 24 hours, and to not disclose any personal information to one another. They're left with food and a fully stocked bar, and they begin to pass the night. But this scheme to get rich almost immediately turns into a demented bloodbath once they discover that the mansion safe house they're keeping her in is actually a trap, and this kidnapped child is a hungry vampire with a penchant for sarcastic one-liners and dancing with decapitated bodies. The stories unfold the mysteries as further.

Star Performances

Alisha Weir effortlessly fluctuates between a terrified ballerina child at the center of a kidnapping, a ruthless killing machine with feral rage, and a sarcastic sense of humor with jokes wise beyond her years. This is an exhaustingly demanding role for even the most seasoned actors, and she makes it look not just easy. Barrera gets the less fun role of being the film’s moral compass, she brings a steely confidence and giant heart to the film that the story would be so much lesser without. Sadly is hardly anything memorable about her role, and so, not even her charisma and acting abilities can raise the bar for the movie. Dan Stevens also does excellent, and he might be the most exciting character, but sadly, the film takes him in a more clichéd direction, and we are left with just the basics once again. The rest of the cast does well, but they were given minimal screen time, so there is little to talk about their performances other than the fact that we have seen these actors play the same roles in different projects. Angus Cloud’s performance is a bit sad and underwhelming.

Analysis

Abigail, the new horror film directed by the duo from Radio Silence, goes back to the long-lost story of vampires and introduces a fun premise with edgy dialogue and a good dose of old-fashioned gore. The bloodthirsty creatures of the night have been in a bit of a slumber, as horror films were trying to create new mythologies, but finally, through Abigail, they made a comeback. At the start, Abigail presents itself as a very classic heist movie, with several criminals coming together and forming a crew to kidnap the daughter of a very important businessman. However, things don’t go the way they plan, and the target of the kidnapping ends up being something a lot more dangerous than just a twelve-year-old girl that loves ballet, and she is a vampire and the criminals become her new victims. This premise propels the movie from beginning to end, even if it stumbles a bit throughout its runtime. The filmmakers establish a tone that incorporates humor without distracting from the true horror of the situation. It doesn't betray anything, as the elements are melded together gracefully.

The dialogues are catchy and initially grab your attention, but over the time they start feeling odd. The characters in the film believe that they are part of a gritty crime story, and they act all tough. However, when they realize that they are actually in a horror film, things become pretty funny, as most of the jokes and observations are a hit or a miss. This hell0-ride that the filmmakers take us would have been far more interesting if the prior groundwork for characters was laid.  The weakest part of the film is the characters themselves, which is not unexpected as in these film most of the characters die before the end. So, the writers don’t believe there is a reason to go deep into their motivations. Doing so would have had more impact on each death, but this does not happen in this film. The characters are also placed in cliched situations. All betrayals and alliances can be seen from miles away without surprises or twists. This makes the film dull at times, especially in the beginning when the movie is trying to set up the entire situation that will place the characters in the hands of the little vampire girl. The skillful cinematography enhances the visual appeal of the film, and except for a few quibbles, the editing is decent as well. The background score plays a vital role in creating a horror setting and making the audience feel more involved.

What’s There?

  • The acting performances of the film are pretty decent.
  • The movie’s cinematography is good.

What’s Not There?

  • The film has no significant sequences that are memorable.
  • It lacks a decent script, and its narrative ends up being a bland mix of every vampire film ever made.

Verdict

Though it may not create any lasting impression, Abigail is a fun watch. While it often veers too far into different genres, never pretty balancing the two, and it mostly ends up disappointing on both counts. However, its entertainment quotient is high. There are a couple of gory moments that are quite up there in terms of gore, but other than that, it seems this movie will be most enjoyed by fans of the genre who were waiting for a fun, bloody movie to watch.


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