“Abigail,” marketed as a remake of “Dracula’s Daughter,” falls short of expectations, transforming into a monotonous genre mashup with little compelling content. The film follows Abigail, played by Alisha Weir, who is kidnapped and held captive by a group of criminals aiming for a hefty ransom. As the story unfolds, Abigail’s dark lineage as the daughter of underworld boss Kristof Lazar is revealed, turning her into a feral force to be reckoned with.

Photo: Abigail (2024)/Universal – Filmdb.co.uk

The characters in “Abigail” lack depth and relatability, with excessive yelling and discordance overshadowing any potential for connection. Despite attempts at action and gore, the film struggles to engage viewers, failing to capture the dramatic lightness found in classic horror films. While some performances stand out, notably Melissa Barrera‘s portrayal of Joey, the overall tone of the movie feels heavy-handed and exaggerated.

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, known for their work on the “Scream” franchise, “Abigail” veers into overwrought schlock, emphasizing physicality over metaphorical depth. The film’s focus on graphic violence and bloodshed detracts from any nuanced exploration of vampirism as a metaphorical theme, resulting in a disjointed viewing experience.

Watch Abigail (2024) movie Clips

In conclusion, “Abigail” struggles to find its footing as a compelling genre film, missing the mark on balancing horror elements with meaningful storytelling. While there are moments of potential, the movie ultimately falls short of delivering a coherent and engaging narrative.

- ad -