Give it this: The scuzz-bucket decor looks...rotten. A woman (Anastasia Hille) inherits a Russian mansion that turns out to be a Blair Witch/Saw hellhole of…
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The Abandoned

'ABANDONED' PROPERTY Hille gets more trouble than she bargained for when she arrives at a creepy Russian mansion in this deadly dull zombie flick
'ABANDONED' PROPERTY Hille gets more trouble than she bargained for when she arrives at a creepy Russian mansion in this deadly dull zombie flick

Give it this: The scuzz-bucket decor looks...rotten. A woman (Anastasia Hille) inherits a Russian mansion that turns out to be a Blair Witch/Saw hellhole of slimy black sinks, corroded walls, and general patchy decomposing grossness. It's also haunted by spirits, but you don't want to call a ghostbuster — you want to get our heroine over to IKEA for fresh cabinets. The gimmick in The Abandoned is that people battle their zombie doubles, whom they can't kill, since they'd be killing themselves. But the movie sinks so deep into deathly atmosphere that there's no life to it. D-

Originally posted Feb 27, 2007 Published in issue #924 Mar 09, 2007 Order article reprints
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