The definition of abattoir is plain and simple a slaughterhouse. There have been stories near and far about tragic events that turned the world inside out. From Amityville to the horrors of many of the killings in the west coast the idea of a murder house is nothing new. Darren Lynn Bousman crosses this idea with the supernatural to create the compelling feature ABATTOIR. Filled with twists and turns this unique film follows the graphic novel of the same name. When an investigative reporter’s (Jessica Lowndes) sister and her family are brutally killed, someone makes an offer on the house. This leads to a trail of common occurrences that seem to be going on for decades. It begs the question, what is this person collecting?
ABATTOIR is a keen and smart supernatural film. The viewer has to play close attention to the small details of the movie as to not get lost. It’s a thinking man’s horror with not too many standout performances except for the impeccable Dayton Callie who many will remember from his time on SOA. Cults, old religions, ghosts, serial killers are all mixed up in this jambalaya of terror given by a current master of horror. Where the film really excels is due to the creepy atmosphere created by Bousman. We have always said here at HMU that is really hard to make a good ghost films these days, but based off the superb tale Darren takes it to the next level.Even though ABATTOIR is based off a media that already exists it still provides a fresh taste. Speaking of graphic don’t think the man behind a few of the SAW films doesn’t up the gore factor. Even though most supernatural films are usually subtle, it’s not the case here which is very welcoming. If viewers give the film a chance there will be plenty to like with the ABATTOIR.
3.5 / 5
ABATTOIR is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and stars Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye and Dayton Callie. It will be available in theaters and VOD on December 9th courtesy of Momentum Pictures.