Home Abigail

Abigail (18)

Cast: Alisha Weir, Giancarlo Esposito, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton, Melissa Barrera, Kevin Durand
Genre: Horror
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Release Date: 19/04/2024
Running Time: 109mins
Country: US
Year: 2024

A group of criminals kidnap 12-year-old ballerina Abigail, the daughter of a powerful underground boss who should be willing to pay a 50 million US dollar ransom for his pride and joy. The abductors are blissfully unaware that their pint-sized victim conceals a devilishly dark secret and isn't as helpless as she appears. In fact, she is the hunter and they are the prey.


LondonNet Film Review

Abigail (18) Film Review from LondonNet

>As a child, I was taught by my parents not to play with my food. The title character of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s abduction thriller, who presents as a 12-year-old girl, has been playing with her food for years – centuries, in fact. Indeed, she giggles with delight when her meal of choice – a screaming human – fights back and threatens her with a sharpened stake or clove of garlic before she drains them dry of delicious life force with an impressively tapered set of teeth…

Abigail puts a morbidly humorous spin on vampire mythology peddled by Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer by trapping six strangers inside a Gothic mansion with a tween fanged fiend. Blood flows freely in a playful script co-written by Stephen Shields and Guy Busick, which nods affectionately to horror tropes (characters are reluctant to split up but oblige to facilitate a steady kill rate) in impeccably staged set pieces that reference crucifixes, coffins, sunlight and mirror reflections for jump scares and laughs.

Alisha Weir scored top grades in the title role of Matilda: The Musical and she is monstrously entertaining here as the manipulative bloodsucker, who gleefully practises ballet pirouettes and hums Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake before she exsanguinates terrified prey of glossy crimson liquor. Co-stars are given sufficient screen time to tease out back stories before the first victim loses more than their dignity.

Lambert (Giancarlo Esposito) recruits six strangers to sedate and abduct 12-year-old Abigail (Weir) from her family home and spirit the moppet to a remote location, Wilhelm Manor. They must hold the “tiny dancer” hostage for 24 hours to earn an equal share of a 50 million US dollar ransom. The kidnappers are selected for specific skillsets and to protect their identities, they take codenames corresponding to members of the 1950s Rat Pack: Dean (Angus Cloud), Frank (Dan Stevens), Joey (Melissa Barrera), Peter (Kevin Durand), Rickles (William Catlett) and Sammy (Kathryn Newton). The cash-hungry sextet are blissfully unaware that their cherubic captive is a creature of the night, who will manipulate them to turn on each other or simply rip out their throats.

Abigail is a satisfyingly gory game of cat and mice, reminiscent in its diabolical set up of Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett’s 2019 film Ready Or Not, which played a ghoulish game of hide and seek with cinema audiences and earned the duo side-by-side directors’ chairs for the most recent instalments of the Scream franchise. Barrera was one of Ghostface’s potential victims and she plays another feisty heroine, risking desiccation and dismemberment to return home safely to a young son. Co-stars sinks their teeth into predominantly likeable yet doomed characters destined for a close encounter with Abigail’s gnashers. Dinner is served.

– Jo Planter


Popular on LondonNet


London Cinemas Showing Abigail


From: Friday 17th May
To: Thursday 23rd May

Odeon Luxe Lee Valley

Sat 22:00; Sun 21:50

Odeon Surrey Quays

Fri/Sun 20:50

Vue Eltham

Tue 20:20; Thu 15:50

Vue Finchley Road (O2 Centre)

Sat 09:30; Tue 22:10; Wed 22:20; Thu 22:15

Vue Fulham Broadway

Fri 00:10; Sat 23:40; Sun 22:25; Mon 22:15

Vue Islington

Wed 22:30; Thu 22:00

Vue North Finchley

Tue/Thu 22:30; Wed 22:25

Vue Shepherd’s Bush

Tue 21:45; Wed 21:35; Thu 21:20

Vue West End

Tue-Thu 12:20

Vue Westfield London

Tue 22:15; Wed 15:05 21:50; Thu 22:30

Vue Westfield Stratford City

Tue 22:15; Wed 16:00 22:20; Thu 13:30 15:30 22:30

Vue Wood Green

Tue 21:30; Wed 13:00 16:30; Thu 21:15

From: Friday 24th May
To: Thursday 30th May

Odeon Luxe Acton

Fri/Sat 22:50

UK and Irish Cinemas Showing Abigail


From: Friday 17th May
To: Thursday 23rd May

Cineworld Barnsley

Wed/Thu 20:30

Cineworld Basildon

Tue-Thu 13:00 20:45

Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear

Tue-Thu 11:30 (Tue) 17:20

Cineworld Bradford

Tue-Thu 17:00

Cineworld Castleford

Tue-Thu 17:40 21:00

Cineworld Crawley

Tue-Thu 13:00 17:30

Cineworld Enfield

Tue 19:10; Wed/Thu 17:40 20:15

Cineworld Ipswich

Tue-Thu 12:10

Cineworld Poole

Tue-Thu 20:10

Cineworld Sheffield

Fri/Mon 19:10; Sun 16:30

Cineworld Stevenage

Tue-Thu 12:00 18:20 (Tue/Thu) 20:45

Cineworld Telford

Tue 13:50; Wed/Thu 14:30 17:00

Odeon Huddersfield

Tue-Thu 21:10

Odeon Kingston

Fri/Sat 22:10; Sun 21:10

Odeon Oldham

Tue/Wed 18:30; Thu 18:10

Odeon Rochdale

Tue-Thu 21:10

Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby

Tue-Thu 19:00 22:00

Showcase Cinema De Lux Glasgow

Tue/Wed 17:15 (Tue) 22:15; Thu 18:00 22:15

Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds

Tue-Thu 21:50 22:10

Showcase Dudley

Tue-Thu 19:25 22:05

Vue Aberdeen

Wed 21:25; Thu 21:20

Vue Ashbourne

Tue 15:15; Thu 17:15

Vue Barrow

Tue 20:45; Wed 20:40

Vue Birkenhead

Fri 21:40; Sat 22:20

Vue Birmingham

Wed 22:15; Thu 22:00

Vue Blackburn

Tue 22:25; Wed 15:20; Thu 21:40

Vue Bolton

Tue 22:25; Wed 22:10

Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway

Tue 21:05; Wed/Thu 21:25

Vue Bristol Longwell Green

Tue 21:00; Wed/Thu 21:15

Vue Bromley

Tue 22:30; Wed 21:15; Thu 17:35 22:10

Vue Bury The Rock

Tue 21:35; Wed 21:30; Thu 21:45

Vue Camberley

Tue 21:15; Thu 21:00

Vue Cambridge

Tue 22:20

Vue Carlisle

Wed 21:00; Thu 15:45

Vue Carmarthen

Fri 21:15; Sat 09:55; Sun 21:30

Vue Cheshire Oaks

Tue/Thu 22:00; Wed 21:20

Vue Cleveleys

Tue 21:30; Wed 17:15; Thu 21:25

Vue Cramlington

Fri/Sat 22:40; Sun 21:15

Vue Croydon Grants

Tue 21:10; Wed 21:15; Thu 21:05

Vue Croydon Purley Way

Tue 21:40; Thu 22:30

Vue Cwmbran

Tue 21:35; Wed 21:40; Thu 22:05

Vue Dagenham

Tue 22:15; Thu 21:55

Vue Darlington

Tue 20:45; Wed/Thu 21:00

Vue Doncaster

Fri 22:40; Sat 09:55; Sun 21:35

Vue Dublin

Wed 22:10; Thu 22:05

Vue Eastleigh

Tue/Thu 21:20; Wed 17:45

Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal

Tue 21:20; Wed 21:50; Thu 21:45

Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre

Tue 16:25 22:10; Wed 22:00

Vue Exeter

Tue 16:15 22:00; Wed 16:40 22:00; Thu 16:30 22:00

Vue Farnborough

Tue 20:45; Wed/Thu 16:30

Vue Gateshead

Tue 16:45 21:15; Thu 16:15 21:30

Vue Glasgow Fort

Tue 21:55; Wed 21:40

Vue Halifax

Tue 21:15; Wed 21:10; Thu 15:50

Vue Hamilton

Tue 21:15; Wed 21:00; Thu 15:55

Vue Harrow

Thu 22:15

Vue Hartlepool

Tue 13:00 21:00; Thu 21:20

Vue Hull Princes Quay

Tue/Wed 21:30; Thu 21:25

Vue Inverness

Tue/Thu 20:35; Wed 20:25

Vue Lancaster

Fri 22:35; Sun 21:25

Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road

Tue 21:40; Wed 17:10 22:00; Thu 22:10

Vue Leicester

Tue 22:00; Wed/Thu 22:15

Vue Limerick

Tue 21:40; Wed 15:55; Thu 15:50 21:30

Vue Manchester Printworks

Tue 21:20; Wed 22:10; Thu 22:15

Vue Merthyr Tydfil

Tue/Wed 21:30; Thu 21:15

Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme

Tue 21:30; Wed 20:30; Thu 21:50

Vue Northampton

Tue 17:00; Wed 21:55; Thu 21:35

Vue Norwich

Tue 21:10; Wed 21:25; Thu 16:35 21:30

Vue Oxford

Tue 21:10; Wed 21:55; Thu 21:50

Vue Plymouth

Tue 21:30; Wed 14:15 20:45; Thu 21:15

Vue Portsmouth

Tue 22:20; Wed 22:10; Thu 21:40

Vue Preston

Tue/Wed 22:30; Thu 22:05

Vue Reading

Tue 21:50; Wed 15:35

Vue Redditch

Wed 16:20; Thu 17:05

Vue Rhyl

Tue 15:20

Vue Romford

Tue 21:40; Wed 21:25; Thu 21:00

Vue Sheffield

Tue-Thu 16:05 (Tue) 21:30

Vue Southport

Tue 21:25; Wed 21:15; Thu 21:00

Vue Staines

Tue 21:55; Wed 22:05

Vue Stirling

Fri 22:25

Vue Stroud

Tue 20:40

Vue Swansea

Tue 15:00; Wed 17:30 21:20; Thu 21:00

Vue Swindon

Tue 20:55; Thu 15:35

Vue Thurrock

Tue 21:00; Wed 21:35; Thu 21:40

Vue Torbay

Tue 20:30; Wed/Thu 20:35

Vue Watford

Tue 17:40; Wed 22:15; Thu 21:30

Vue Worcester

Tue/Thu 21:15; Wed 21:05

Vue York

Tue/Wed 21:50; Thu 21:20

From: Friday 24th May
To: Thursday 30th May

Cineworld Castleford

Fri-Sun/Wed 20:45; Mon/Tue/Thu 20:50

Cineworld Stevenage

Fri/Sat 22:30

Odeon Luxe Dundee

Fri/Sat 22:30