There is something very alluring, especially in a horror movie, about an abandoned building. Countless movies have used the abandoned building as a backdrop, many to spectacular effect. From Robert Wise’s The Haunting in 1963 to the underrated gem Session 9 from 2001 not to mention all the found footage films from The Blair Witch Project to the Grave Encounters films, abandoned places take hold of our imagination and prey on our fears of the unknown. This month a new film, The Abandoned, hits shelves and takes the premise to a bit of a new place.
Streak (Louisa Krause) is trying to get her life back on track. Accepting a job as a security guard at once upscale but now abandoned apartment complex is a big step towards normalcy. Teamed up with another security officer, Cooper (Jason Patric), Streak soon finds the graveyard shift to have more to it than patrolling vacant hallways as she begins to think a horrifying presence may be lurking in the halls of the decaying building. Now she must fight for her own sanity as she confronts the mysteries of the building as well as her own personal demons in an effort to make it to the next morning alive.
The Abandoned is a great little gem of a movie that is loaded with a thick oppressive atmosphere, creepy visuals and two solid performances by Krause and Patric. Director Eytan Rockaway wrote the screenplay, produced and directed The Abandoned for his first foray into feature filmmaking and really does an impressive job. The story is quite twisty and keeps the viewer guessing not only as to what is going on in the creepy building but wondering about the identities and motives of both central characters. While this may not contain the scares horror veterans may be looking for there is still plenty to enjoy with the plotlines, performances and atmosphere in The Abandoned. Recommended.