Film Review: ABBEY GRACE (2016)

Film Review: ABBEY GRACE (2016)

Nov 16, 2016

IMDb: Abbey Grace (2016)
Director: Stephen Durham
Writers: David Dittlinger, Stephen Durham

As a writer, director and producer Stephen Durham has been involved in several genre films including BLOODLINES and THE BUTCHERS. Now he’s back and filling all roles with ABBEY GRACE, a tale of ghostly possession and evil from beyond the grave.

After their Mother (Kirbi Mason) dies, psychiatrist Stacy (Debbie Sheridan who’s also the casting director) returns home to look after her brother Ben (Jacob Hobbs THE BUTCHERS) who suffers from OCD and agoraphobia, and as a result hasn’t left the house in 23 years. The relationship is strained as Stacy upsets his perfectly ordered world and her dog Duke unnerves him to no end. However after Duke finds an odd little box while out for a walk things go from bad to worse. When Ben starts claiming to see a little girl, Abbey Grace (Maggie McNabb) on the house security cameras Stacy calls in her colleague Bridget (Amber Gallaway THE BUTCHERS) to help.


ABBEY GRACE is a great example of low budget horror done right. It knows what it’s limits are and works within them well. Effects are simple and practical, no half assing something the budget won’t cover. It’s all shot mostly in one house with some exteriors and a small main cast. The script stays focused and never gets to big for it’s budget. It’s not the most original thing you’ll see with bits and pieces lifted from everything from CUJO and THE RING to THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and ALICE SWEET ALICE but it integrates them into the story in ways that make sense so it doesn’t seem stolen.

The film does have it’s flaws, when the film starts Ben is so demanding and unlikable it was hard to believe anyone, even his sister, would put up with him. He would have been put in an institution and that would be that. This is turned to a strength as the film goes on and he’s forced to confront his issues in order to survive, but it still could have been toned down a little at the start. Also the medium Roman (Semi Anthony AGAINST THE GRAIN) is a bit to much of a cliched character. But given the film’s overall quality these are small quibbles. It’s good to see a genre film centered around older professionals, not school kids for a change.

Available now on VOD and December 6 on DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment ABBEY GRACE is certainly worth a watch.