A team of students, Mia Medina, Gavin, and Luis set out to create a documentary showing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in an elderly woman named Deborah Logan. As the filming continues Deborah’s actions continue to grow increasingly odd but according to her physician is normal for someone with such an aggressive case of Alzheimer’s. Luis begins to believe the actions of the elderly woman are not simply the result of the aggressive disease but that something supernatural is occurring with Deborah. When the team continues to capture strange phenomena a particular audio clip of Deborah speaking in French about sacrifices, along with an old switchboard ringing in on a line that was connected to a series of ritualized murders prompts the team to begin investigating the unsolved case. This investigation begins to unravel the mysteries of Deborah’s mental state and starts a descent into madness that will blur the lines between the boundaries of the beyond and the natural world.

This 2014 film is shot in a found-footage style that was released during the “Paranormal Activity” era of horror. Despite not being released theatrically the film has gained a decent cult following and is generally well-received by audiences. The film does an excellent job of blending the debilitating disease and loss of one’s self with the possibility of the supernatural. A tension is carried throughout the progression of the film that sits juxtapose to the all too real turmoil of the Logan family’s struggle with loss. Although this film was director Adam Robitel’s debut film it holds a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Robitel also directed the fourth installment in the Insidious film series as well as the 2019 film Escape Room and its sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

As always, if you’ve seen the listed film, dislike the film, or just don’t believe you would like it we have provided a list of alternative choices for you to pick from: alternative-films-for-this-spooky-season

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