Grace, who haunted my thoughts when I couldn’t dream.
Abbey Grace (2016): 5 out of 10: After her mom dies, Grace returns home to take care of her OCD brother who has not left the house in the last twenty years. Turns out there is a haunting in the house as well for Grace to deal with. Can Grace, with the help of her sexy therapist friend, defeat the haunting and cure her brother from the ghosts of the past and the present.
The Good: Abbey Grace is almost the perfect independent horror film. It does very little wrong. It has solid actors in the lead and good supporting actors as well (With one notable exception seen below in screenshots). The script does not write checks the director or budget can’t cash. The movie has some decent twists and a decent story. It is a pleasant time.
The Bad: The qualities listed in “The Good” above are honestly some of the issues with the Abbey Grace. This is almost a family friendly horror film. Abbey Grace (the film not the character) never goes crazy. It doesn’t do anything memorable. If you told me this was a Christian horror film, I would be inclined to believe you despite the lack of proselytizing and Kevin Sorbo as the handyman. It just has that feel.
Random Notes: Despite solid performances from Debbie Sheridan and Jacob Hobbs as our sister and brother leads respectfully, the dog steals every scene he is in. And he is in most of them.
Amber Gallaway is fine as the sexy therapist friend. But if you are going to introduce a sexy therapist friend… look, I am not saying you have to have a shower scene or a lesbian encounter with Debbie Sheridan (Yes; you are). But she is all tease in a film that could have used… well, a shower scene or a lesbian encounter with Debbie Sheridan.
The movie threatens to be a Japanese horror film for a good solid minute, only to never bring that up again. A nation is grateful.
The movie has one minority character who appears in one scene. Goes to investigate the noise coming from the murder shed and mysteriously is absent from the rest of the film. (Okay, not mysteriously).
In Conclusion: Abby Grace is a perfectly fine film with decent performances and production. It has little to deride but alas little to recommend either. I am glad I watched it, but I would not see myself watching it again or going out of my way to recommend to a friend. A solid average family friendly horror film.