Abattoir (2016 film)
"How do you build a haunted house?" An investigative reporter teams up with a police officer to solve the mystery of why an entire room is stolen from a house after a seemingly good man murdered her sister's family; the investigators soon discover that this is only the latest in a trail of incidents involving disappearing rooms....
- Release Date: 2016
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller
- Setting: Modern "New English (town)" Louisiana
- Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
- Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye
- Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
- Writer: Darren Lynn Bousman (graphic novel), Christopher Monfette (screenplay)
- Producer/Production Co: Dark Web Productions, Les Enfants Terribles, Luminary Entertainment
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- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
Not especially "Lovecraftian" in execution, but there is some potential there in a story about a mad cultist who is building his own haunted house room-by-bloody-room to seal a dark pact with sinister outer forces....
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Richard Scheib at Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film Review, (link) - 1/5 "...The very title Abattoir suggests... another gore-drenched bloodbath, yet the film itself is light on gore but equally lacks much else going for it. The opening scenes seem to bizarrely be trying to make the film into a work of neo-noir with people decked out in 1940s clothing, massive shoulder-padded suits, hats, makeup and so on – an effect that Bousman is unfortunately unable to pull off at all. The great disappointment of Abattoir is that after coming up with a great idea, Darren Lynn Bousman lets it fall through his hands... there is the surreal and unusual image of partial rooms strewn throughout the forest and the arrival at a jigsaw mansion made up of different rooms. However, in terms of the ideas the film raises, against what it eventually delivers, this is utterly underwhelming...."
- HorrorFreakNews, (link) - "I need to make it completely clear how much I adored this film... Jessica Lowndes [reporter Julia] is fantastic... never a question as to why she might put herself in danger.... Lin Shaye... said she really loved [her character, Allie], and once you view the film, you'll see why... Shaye sells it.... The visual effects are breath-taking... do not delay in seeking this out...."
- CultureCrypt, (link) - 70/100 "...The clever premise is imaginatively original, a streak of Lovecraftian noir adds stunning style, and atmosphere is charged with creative chills...."
- Brian Tallerico at Roger Ebert.com (link) .5/5 "With “Abattoir,” director Darren Lynn Bousman takes a clever idea and a relatively talented cast and cobbles together one of the most baffling and ineffective horror films of the year.... Perhaps some movies are so bad they only teach us that life is too short to waste on them...."
- Y.Whateley - "I fall between the love-it-or-hate-it extremes that reviewers seemed to fall into regarding this film: it's not a great film, but isn't horribly bad, either: mostly harmless, and rather fun in an implausible, outlandish, over-the-top kind of way; it reminds me a bit of the sort of light-duty schlock horror that William Castle would have enjoyed producing for the enjoyment of his own inner child - just add one of his legendary promotional gimmicks; and, like many William Castle productions Abattoir shows some promise as a model for a memorable homebrew CoC scenario...."
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An investigative reporter teams up with a police officer to solve the mystery of why an entire room is stolen from a house after a seemingly good man murdered her sister's family; the investigators soon discover that this is only the latest in a trail of incidents involving disappearing rooms....
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Associated Mythos Elements
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- location: New English (town), a "Lovecraft Country"-style creepy small town with a dark secret, apparently located in Louisiana
- location: Ye Olde Standing Stones - takes the form in this movie of a haunted house built patchwork-quilt-style with blood-spattered rooms stolen from hundreds of unrelated crime scenes....
- race: Human Cultists
- race: Ghosts
- A team of investigators are hired to solve a mystery in which entire rooms are stolen by a mysterious cult for nefarious purposes...