Review: ABBEY GRACE (2016)
As a writer, director, and producer Stephen Durham
After their mother dies psychiatrist Stacy (Debbie Sheridan ) 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 a strained one. 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 on the house security cameras. That girl is Abbey Grace (Maggie McNabb) of course, Stacy calls in her colleague Bridget (Amber Gallaway THE BUTCHERS) to help.
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The film does have its flaws. when 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 been done with him. This is turned to a strength as the film goes on and he’s forced to confront his issues in order to survive. It still could have been toned down a little at the start. The medium Roman (Semi Anthony HEADGAME) is a bit too much of a cliched character. He should have been given at least some traits to
But given the film’s overall quality these are small quibbles. And it’s good to see a genre film centered around older professionals, not school kids for a change.
ABBEY GRACE is available from Uncork’d Entertainment