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Abattoir (2016)

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An investigative reporter works to solve the mystery behind a mysterious man who has been buying houses where tragedies have occurred. Set in a world where it always feels like night, even in daylight hours, real estate reporter Julia Talben's life is turned upside down when her family is brutally murdered. It is believed to be an open and close case, but Julia quickly realizes there is much more to this story when she returns to the crime scene to find the murder room deconstructed and physically removed from her sister's home. This ignites an investigative pursuit that eventually leads her and ex-lover Detective Declan Grady to the town of New English where they find the enigmatic Jebediah Crone and the Abattoir - a monstrous house stitched together with unending rooms of death and the damned. Julia comes to realize that her sister's soul is trapped inside, but the Abattoir isn't just a house - it's a door to something more evil than anyone could have ever imagined. Julia and Grady are ultimately faced with the question: How do you build a haunted house? One room at a time.

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Cast

Jessica Lowndes
as Julia Talben
Joe Anderson (VI)
as Declan Grady
Lin Shaye
as Allie
Dayton Callie
as Jebediah Crone
Michael Paré
as Richard Renshaw
Bryan Batt
as Chester
Cornell John
as McDermott
Brian Oerly
as Bible Thumper
Carl Palmer
as Maintenance Man Luke
John McConnell
as McDermott
Josh Berger
as Clayton
Becki Davis
as Mother Superior
Taryn Terrell
as Drowning Woman
Emily Thomas
as Bathtub Woman
Aaron Jay Rome
as Wheelchair Teen
Brielyn Sexeny
as Piano Bride
Leigh Hennessy
as Dorothy Crone
Daniel Norris
as Drowner Man
Devin McCoy
as Hanging Woman
Willie Weber
as Shotgun Man
Ashly VanEarl
as Dining Fire Man
Kelly Connolly
as Axe Murder Wife
Chris Bryant
as Axe Murder Husband
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Critic Reviews for Abattoir

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

If you operate under the belief that you can learn as much, maybe even more, from bad movies as you can from good ones, this one is a master class in what not to do.

December 9, 2016 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

The inexplicability of "Abattoir" keeps it engaging for a while, but by the time it hits the one-hour mark without anything even remotely exciting happening, even a horror connoisseur's patience will run thin.

December 8, 2016 | Full Review…

While Bousman's climax is a not terribly original effects-laden haunted house, the house's builder, and his motives, have enough of their own flavor to please a hardened horror fan.

December 8, 2016 | Full Review…

A franchise-aspirational horror opus that takes too long establishing its premise, then peters out in a climactic jumble of scare-free digital effects.

December 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Abattoir has some interesting, albeit perhaps unwieldy ideas that never quite congeal into a gripping screamer.

December 16, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…

Ambition is laudable, but sometimes the end result falls short of expectation.

December 9, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Abattoir

An interesting horror film with an "olde tyme" feel. This is a horror film that hopes to craft a unique story grounded in enough classic horror staples to keep the audience invested, but ultimately comes up a bit short. Abattoir has flashes of brilliance but does not really deliver. The lead actors are a bit weak and detract from the film at times. Dayton Callie and Lin Shaye help counter balance this with more passable performances. The actual plot of the film is utterly crazy, even by a horror film's standard. I think where it unravels a bit is that the story line is not standard enough to fulfill as a run of the mill horror fare and not innovative enough to be a statement piece. The clumsy final act is not really shocking enough and the suspense building the in beginning is a little too weakly done. The problem is I don't care about the characters. That is fine if this is a slasher, but it does not work well for a more cerebral horror film. Abattoir is clearly the work of a director with a masterful knowledge of the genre, but he fails to stitch together a few great bits and pieces in a successful way.

Shane Sackman
Shane Sackman

Super Reviewer

I'm a big fan of Darren Lynn Bousman, absolutely. But he doesn't have a 100% track record, and Abattoir is not a favoured offering of his for me. There are so many great ideas scattered throughout Abattoir, but unfortunately it lacks a Jebediah Crane to bring them together into a single solid foundation.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

½

Lin Shaye is a horror institution and if it were up to me she would be in every horror movie from this point on. Granted, the fact that she's unable to multiply herself like Michael Keaton in Multiplicity means that this wish of mine is pretty much impossible. And, honestly, I don't really want her to be in every horror movie, there's such a thing as over-saturation after all and I don't ever wanna get sick of seeing Lin Shaye and her talents. This brings me to Darren Lynn Bousman, a horror filmmaker that's actually better than the quality of his films would imply. Actually, I hear The Devil's Carnival films are pretty good and weird, which is why it shames me to say that I haven't watched them. But, other than that, Darren doesn't exactly have the best track record, if we are being honest. And, again, that's not to say anything of his actual talent, because I do believe that he is a talented horror filmmaker with a good eye for visuals, look at this film's third act for proof of that. Now, moving on to this movie. Where can I even begin with this film and what it sets out to do. First things first, I will say that the concept is actually fairly unique and interesting. This guy goes around ripping rooms, where tragedies happened, from their foundation to build their own fucked up, literal, house of horrors. Julia's family was horribly murdered in one of the rooms that was bought up by this strange man. Julia, wanting to know the motives for this senseless act, starts to investigate this and all the clues lead her to this small town, New English. When she's there, she finds out that the town had been brainwashed by this preacher (or something) who had, literally, gone to hell and back. They say that he brought some of hell's secrets with him. He instructs the people in the town to pledge sacrifices to him in order to bring back prosperity to the town. This leads to a school fire that kills every student, of which Julia and her sister were meant to be a part of, but their father managed to get them out of the town before that happened. For the villain of the film to achieve his goal, he needs both Julia and Amanda to die, as they were pledged all those years ago. The problem that I have with the film, however, is that the narrative itself is a bit nonsensical. Perhaps nonsensical isn't the right word, but the narrative isn't exactly inviting. They spend a shitload of time talking in riddles, before you're ever given a clear indication of what exactly this preacher wants to achieve with building this house that brings him one step closer, with each room, to hell and to breaking the barrier between the two. I also felt that the pacing didn't do the films any favor. It just felt longer than it actually was. I watched this in two different sittings, but I felt like this before I shut the movie off the first time. There was just something off about the pacing and I felt that it could have been trimmed down in order to keep the movie from dragging. But the film does give you explanations and motivations for why the preacher would do what he did (in order to bring back his family from hell). He goes about it entirely the wrong way, no fucking shit, but you can understand his reasoning. Some people would do absolutely anything and everything for their loved ones. This is just a more extreme example of that. I don't wanna say that the explanations are just a bit too little, too late, but while there was some satisfaction in getting the answers to these questions, I still wouldn't say that this was a good movie. I'd say that it was average at best, that's all due to the pacing and the story that, seemingly, goes nowhere for the longest time. The acting is fairly solid all things considered. Lin Shaye is tremendous, as always, as is Dayton Callie. Julia Lowndes was better than I expected (fucking gorgeous too), but I don't think she comes close to Lin or Dayton. The third act of the film is tremendous from a visual standpoint as you get to see all of the rooms that the preacher has bought and the tragedies that happened within them. It's a new type of haunted house, that's for fucking sure. It's surreal and twisty, easily the best part of the entire movie. Not to mention the fact that you actually get the answers you want. I don't really have much else to say. The movie has a great concept that it doesn't do much with until the third act, where it goes all out. So, yes, it's a bit of an inconsistent horror movie, to say they least. But, by and large, this as a decent little horror movie. You can do worse and at least you'd be watching something that's fairly unique, all things considered.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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