24 November 2016 (Russia)
| 4.4/10 |
Brian J. Smith
Darren Lynn Bousman
| Jesse Berger
Brent C. Johnson|
Christopher Monfette, David J. Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum
Jesse Berger, Brent C. Johnson
Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye, Dayton Callie, Michael Paré
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, Horror movies
Abattoir is a 2016 American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Christopher Monfette based on the comic book miniseries. It premiered on June 7, 2016 at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Abattoir (film) Wikipedia
A real estate reporter investigates Jebediah Crone (Dayton Callie), a mysterious old man who is building a haunted house constructed from rooms where deaths have occurred.
Production for the film began in 2014. It was announced in October 2014 that Joe Anderson, Dayton Callie, Jessica Lowndes and Lin Shaye had been cast.
Abattoir has received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 32% rating with 19 reviews counted. Metacritic gave the film a 40 which illustrates "mixed or average".
Brian Tallerico writing for RogerEbert.com gave the film a half star calling it "one of the most baffling and ineffective horror films of the year." Dennis Harvey, writing for Variety, found the film lacking in focus saying "In the end, Abattoir feels like a confused rehash of ideas from the variable likes of The Shining, House on Haunted Hill, Thirteen Ghosts and other haunted-house movies, albeit one so misjudged that it doesn’t even get to the house itself until the last 20 minutes or so. If there were potential here, it’s been garbled in translation."
On the other hand, John DeFore, for The Hollywood Reporter, called it "A pulpy supernatural tale dripping with atmosphere." John Squires writing for Bloody Disgusting called the film " one of the most original horror movies to come out in the last several years."
In 2010, Darren Bousman developed a comicbook prequel to the film from Radical Studios. The six-issue miniseries was written by Rob Levin and Troy Peteri, with art by Bing Cansino. Bousman outlined his plans with, "I want to create a universe, and this is the beginning of a universe. I don’t foresee using the comic book to be what the movie is. But it’s part of the world of what the movie will exist in, and everything will stand on its own. For example, the comic book will be its own world, its own movie, its own book, its own story. The movie will be its own world, its own story, but they will all connect. All pieces of this thing connect and tell a much bigger tale... think it’s important to lead into the movie. We came up with this as a script, as a feature film idea, but what we wanted to accomplish in the feature film was way, way, way too ambitious for a 90-minute movie. So we had to backtrack and set the world up that way."
A sequel to Abattoir titled The Dwelling was announced in May 2016, with Bousman set to write and direct and Callie to reprise his role as Jebediah Crone.