It’s day twenty-two of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
In ABATTOIR a young journalist loses her sister's family to a terrible crime, only to find out that the the house where the murder was committed had been sold and the murder room had been ripped out of it. She shortly finds out similar incidents all over the country, and discovers that a mysterious collector is harvesting the crime scenes and building one very special house...
Originally created as a comic book by director Darryl Lynn Bousman (a director of some SAW sequels) ABATTOIR is an indie film with great potential, its only minus could be the limited budget. You could only imagine what this idea could really look like on a bigger scale!
It is rare to find such an original premise in an independent horror film, but to have top notch cinematography and suspense is a real rarity. ABATTOIR'S main achievement is it's superior writing and comprehensive dialogue. Here come the characters of flesh and blood you can root for in a horror film! A special mention is to Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS movie franchise)- a fantastic actor, who can turn any episodic role into the most important performance of the film.
The camera work is wonderfully old fashioned and the mystery is delicious. The creepy choral soundtrack creates the mood and the pacing hooks you in and never lets go.
Once in a while you stumble on a real gem of an independent film that will surprise and inspire. ABATTOIR is such a film.
SCORE OUT OF 5
SCARY SCORE: 👻👻👻👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡🗡🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃