As a fervent enthusiast of indie cinema, Melissa Vitello’s ‘Abigail’ stands as a mesmerizing gem that will enrapture viewers from start to finish. Ava Cantrell’s portrayal of the titular protagonist is nothing short of electric, marking her performance as a breakthrough in the realm of young talents.
In 1976 Alabama, Abigail and her mom move to a new town for a fresh start. A precocious teen, Abigail befriends the lonely boy next door and soon stands up to his bullies. As she takes him under her wing, the secrets of her past begin to surface. Though they take on the world together, he discovers she may have a more disturbing side.
Ava Cantrell with a butter wouldn’t melt look of innocence, but when ‘those’ moments come her beauty is replaced by a ravenous monster that willfully wants to destory everything without a thought, before returning to that calm exterior sending shivers down the spine of every hot blooded male watching and probably everyone else too.
The film exudes vibes reminiscent of Ti West’s hauntingly atmospheric ‘Pearl,’ yet it carves its unique path, drawing audiences into a world woven with mystery and allure. Cantrell’s compelling presence anchors the narrative, echoing shades of Mia Goth’s standout performance in ‘Pearl’ and infusing ‘Abigail’ with a captivating energy that is both palpable and undeniable.
Melissa Vitello’s direction delicately weaves a tapestry of emotions, transporting viewers through a whirlwind of suspense and intrigue. Tren Reed-Brown and Hermione Lynch complement Cantrell’s powerhouse performance impeccably, adding depth and resonance to the film’s rich tapestry.
What sets ‘Abigail’ apart is its ability to immerse audiences in a cinematic experience that lingers long after the credits roll. The storytelling prowess coupled with the stellar performances elevates this film into a realm of its own, making it a must-watch for aficionados of evocative storytelling and exceptional jarring violence that makes you take a deep breath every moment it unleashes onto the screen.
In essence, ‘Abigail’ is one of those cinematic hidden gems that deserves accolades for its enthralling narrative and the phenomenal performances delivered by its cast. Ava Cantrell’s portrayal is a testament to her talent and sets her on a trajectory for greatness in the cinematic landscape. A definite recommendation for anyone seeking a spellbinding, bloody cinematic journey.
ABIGAIL RELEASES ON DIGITAL AND DVD DECEMBER 5, 2023