So last night I finally got to sit down and watch The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson, a film I have been following rather closely over the last few months. I became intrigued by the film based solely on the casting of one of the characters, but I will get into that later. What followed for me after popping it in was about 1hr and 40min of enjoyment. In a world of film where a kidnapping plot usually delves into "torture porn", The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson chose to focus on the dramatic aspects, and even throw in a nice little twist for the horror fans at the end.
Abduction of Jennifer Grayson is the story of, well, Jennifer Grayson. The film opens where she is in an interrogation room waiting to be interviewed by one of the detectives. Jennifer had been missing for some time and now the police are trying to find out what happed. She at first is simply stating she had run away, but the cop assigned to the case is not buying it. Because the cop in question is "The Innovator of Violence" Tommy Dreamer. Yes, that Tommy Dreamer! Former ECW, WWE, and TNA superstar, and current owner of House of Hardcore, Tommy knows she is not being honest and begins to lay in a hardcore interrogation.
See Jennifer was actually abducted by a lonely psycho named Jeremy, played to perfection by James Duval of Donnie Darko, and Independence Day fame. He's simply a lonely weirdo who is looking for love. He spots Jennifer at a coffee shop and casually starts smelling her hair unbeknownst to her. From there a little harmless stalking to figure out her routine, and blamo, chloroform city and she's in his basement.
Weird thing is though, he doesn't do anything with her. I mean he keeps her drugged, but that's sort of it. He's actually, apart from the constant drugging and holding her against her will thing is pretty nice to her. Turns out he basically just wants to have her around because he's lonely. He makes her food, teachers her guitar and soon she falls in love with him.
Obviously she is not his captive when this starts so how did she get away? Why does she love him? It actually a very fascinating story, and incredibly well acted. Anyone who has seen James Duval in a film knows what he's capable of and he delivers a chilling yet sympathetic performance as Jeremy. Rachel Jane Conn does fantastic as Jennifer the victim in all of this, but its actually the performance of Tommy Dreamer as Detective Marx that seems to stand out. Having actually never seen him in a film, and he has appeared in several I was curious to see how he would do. I was always a fan of his in ECW and like when wrestlers get a chance to break into acting and give their body a rest from the abuse they take to entertain us. And I must say he was excellent
It was nice not to see him type-cast as a cop who beats people up, or does wrestling moves in fights. In fact he does nothing but sit at a desk the entire time. His performance is all dialogue driven and he does a remarkable job. Any filmmaker out there reading this show watch his performance and see how well he does.
Like I said, there's a twist at the end for horror fans, so fans of horror, drama, and suspense should all enjoy this little independent gem of a movie.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars