Abigail: A bloodcurdling blend of horror and suspense

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Writer: Stephen Shields, Guy Busick
Main Cast: Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Alisha Weir
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Country: US
Runtime: 1h 49m

For vampire movie enthusiasts, the long wait is finally over with ‘Abigail,’ a horror mystery that seamlessly blends elements of horror, thriller, and slasher genres.

Nerve-chilling Premise

The story revolves around six small-time criminals who kidnap the seemingly ordinary daughter of a powerful underworld figure. As they uncover the true identity of their captive, fear grips them, knowing the violent reputation of the girl’s father. However, soon after the gruesome beheading of one of their own, they fear an intruder has already made its way into the house. But soon it becomes evident that the terror lies within the house when the little girl reveals her true identity, turning the tables on her captors. Upon realizing they have made the grave mistake of kidnapping a bloodthirsty vampire, it dawns on them that in this game of cat and mouse, they are the hunted.

Visually appealing house-set thriller

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, known for their work on the ‘Scream’ franchise and the house-set ensemble thriller ‘Ready or Not,’ ‘Abigail’ is just another feather in their cap. This modern-day reimagining of the 1936 classic ‘Dracula’s Daughter,’ offers a striking visual and immersive soundtrack. About halfway through the movie, it unleashes a torrent of gory visuals, as the bloodthirsty vampire begins to toy with her captors, turning the tables on those who seek to control her.

Compromised Ending

The film does extremely well in creating an air of suspense and intrigue, however, the ending may leave you disappointed. The usual formula-driven ending to meet the audience’s expectations takes away the element of surprise from the story and the meticulously crafted build-up goes to waste. ‘Abigail’ falls victim to it too.

Verdict

In conclusion, despite its predictable outcome ‘Abigail’ has a lot to offer. With its nerve-chilling premise, set against the backdrop of confined-space tension and supernatural horror, ‘Abigail’ delivers a solid horror experience.

Pankaj Madaan

A filmmaker and a screenwriter known for his comprehensive knowledge of world cinema and insightful commentary on the Hindi film industry.

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