Horror Movie: The Abandoned (R; 2006; 98 min.)

Wow…now this is creepy stuff! I was tense and scared many times during this true horror film. The director did a fantastic job with quick-cuts, POV shots, interesting angles and great background noises and music.

The story is mainly about Marie, who is an almost-42-year-old American filmmaker. She was however born in Russia and adopted as a baby. She has received a summons from a lawyer in Russia following her birth mother’s death. It seems she has inherited a home in a very remote area of Russia, one which has stood abandoned for over 40 years. So, of course, she goes to see this remote and abandoned house in the middle of nowhere armed with only a purse.

Not only is this lawyer odd, but so are a few others Marie meets on her way to the house. Once she finally arrives, the creepiness factor goes up exponentially along with her “stupid” factor; Marie encounters a dead/undead version of herself in the house and while fleeing drops her only source of light and lands in a nearby river (of course, she can’t swim).

But wait, because she doesn’t die there. She is rescued by a man who claims to be her twin brother, who has also been summoned to return to the abandoned house in the remotest part of Russia.

Without giving too much away, let’s just say much creepiness ensues with both the house and the doppelgangers (yes, he has a dead/undead version too), as well as the dead/undead father, trying to reclaim them on their 42nd birthday, and with Marie insisting on exploring this or that portion of the house which is closed up or locked up in some way.

  • Top Scare: Hard to choose just one!
  • Heartbeats: 4 1/4 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 4 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 4 1/2 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 15 or 16 and up. Rated R for language, intense violence, full female nudity and general theme.

Next up: The Last House on the Left


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