HorrorReviewsAbigail: Tiny Dancer takes a bite out of this horror comedy

Angela Rukhsana KinghamApril 19, 20246 min

Based on the classic Universal Monster Movie series, ‘Abigail’ is a remake of  the 1936 ‘Dracula’s Daughter’. The film follows the actions of a group of kidnappers (Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton, Will Catlett, Kevin Durand, Angus Cloud, and Giancarlo Esposito) who capture Abigail,(Alisha Weir) as the rich kid/daughter of a powerful figure from whom they demand a $50 million ransom. However, they soon get more than what they bargain for when they realize that they are trapped inside with no ordinary rich kid. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay written by Stephen Shields and Guy Busick. 

The Good: 

‘Abigail’ starts off with an intriguing set up; we see the young dancer practicing in an empty theater, then gets driven to her enormous mansion by a chauffeur. We get introduced to the group of bandits (yes, I said bandits like I’m 99 years old), it pulls you in from the start. People love to watch  young rich kids live sad, lonely and in this case, creepy lives. We’re introduced to Abigail, who has a sweet soft voice and seems like any “normal” rich kid. As we are getting to know the other characters, the audience is introduced to this morbid humor which got a few laugh out loud moments. The music score by Brian Tyler  in “Abigail’ was pretty phenomenal and suited the storyline of a young vampiress ballet dancer. Speaking of whom was played brilliantly by Alisha Weir. This is also one of the last films that Angus Cloud was featured before his passing and he brings the same fun-loving-yet-idiotic character development that he did in Some of the scenes were super gory and fun to watch as a horror fan, and it was also funny enough for mediocre comedy.

 

The Bad

The plot in this film did not fully develop nor did it resolve. Characters were just dropped with no connection to the fuller film. While Melissa Barrera is eye candy in the film, her acting lacked, and her character suffered with cheesy lines which were not intended to be laughable but were.

 

The overall

Go see this film on a mundane sunday and get drinks, it is at least fairly entertaining. While you won’t leave thrilled and telling your friends they have to see it – you will have had a good laugh. Not putting this one at the top of my horror-comedy must see list. Abigail will be released to theaters on April 19, 2024.

Angela Rukhsana Kingham

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