Thursday 25 April 2024

REVIEW: Abigail (2024 Film) - Starring Alisha Weir, Melissa Barrera and Dan Stevens


Review by Jon Donnis
"Abigail," directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, is a delightful blend of horror, comedy, and campiness, reimagining the classic "Dracula's Daughter" with a modern twist. The film follows a group of kidnappers who unknowingly abduct a 12-year-old vampire, setting off a series of events that are both terrifying and amusing.

One of the film's strongest points is its ability to take a seemingly limited premise and turn it into an unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining experience. From start to finish, viewers are kept on the edge of their seats, never quite sure what twist or turn the story will take next. The filmmakers have crafted an intense, well-filmed, and utterly entertaining work that is sure to delight horror fans.

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have delivered their most refined, funniest, and bloodiest film yet with "Abigail." The movie demonstrates that the undead genre is still capable of being lively and immensely entertaining. While "Abigail" is light on scares, it more than makes up for it with copious amounts of gore and plenty of laughs. Alisha Weir delivers a standout performance as the terrifying yet fun titular character, bringing a perfect blend of menace and campiness to the role.

However, despite its many strengths, "Abigail" does suffer from a lack of originality in its script. While the film puts a fresh spin on the classic vampire tale, it ultimately treads familiar ground, relying on well-worn tropes and clich├ęs.

In summary, "Abigail" is a fun and gory horror comedy that is sure to delight fans of the genre. While it may not break new ground in terms of storytelling, its blend of horror, comedy, and campiness makes it a must-see for anyone looking for a good time at the movies. I would score "Abigail" a solid 8.5 out of 10.

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