Review by Fatal Follower
Back in your box, Annabelle.
This January, there’s a new demonic doll in town. Curse of the Witch’s Doll conjures up a digital release this February from High Octane Pictures.
Adeline Gray’s attempt to escape bombing in her home town leads her to a derelict, creepy manor in the woods. When Adeline’s young daughter goes missing during a game of hide-and-seek, a series of inexplicable events lead her to believe a haunted doll holds a vengeful soul; the soul of a murdered Witch. As Adeline’s desperate search for her daughter continues, it soon becomes clear; to have any hope of being reunited, she must defeat the curse of The Witch’s Doll.
Helen Crevel, Michelle Archer, Claire Carreno star in a Lawrence Fowler film Curse of the Witch’s Doll on VOD 2/6, DVD 3/6 and SVOD on 6/5.
It’s hard to say much about this one, because at the halfway point it switched gears and the twist became a much broader part of the narrative. I kind of liked the first half of the movie much more than the latter, but it’s still a great watch...and surprisingly, very sophisticated.
For about 40 minutes of the movie, Adeline and Chloe are staying at a beautiful gothic manor, to escape the horrors of war back home. Chloe plays a deadly game of hide & seek with Adeline, after a few creepy incidents with the Witch’s Doll, showcasing some very creepy appearances from our pint sized horror. One thing to consider, the pics of the doll from the movie, and the trailer, kind of looks goofy, but in the movie she is quit the creepy villain...one that definitely gave me the willies!
Ending Spoilers Ahead -
After about the halfway point, you discover that Adeline has actually been a patient at an asylum, and she is chasing her “daughter” around the grounds, searching for her. Once this is revealed, you become sad for her desperation. But it sort of pulls the rug under your feet, in an awkward way. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t go the route of “it’s all in her head”, as you discover there is a group of people in which the doll is haunting, and the psychiatrist is very aware of it.
But then with the last 10 minutes remaining, it jumps to 75 years later as a young couple are investigating the grounds of the old asylum. I didn’t think I would like this, but I actually really enjoyed both of these “twists”, as it almost made the movie an anthology of sorts.
Now I have to note that I have screened the “extended version of the film, and at about an hour and forty minutes, I feel like a little could be trimmed from the middle as it does drag a bit.
I have a feeling I’m going to just scoop this up on DVD on March 3rd, it’s definitely a solid gothic doll chiller, with a sophisticated tone that I wasn’t expecting. It’s more of a HAMMER horror film than a Child’s Play flick, just keep that in mind before watching.
The acting is above average for an indie thriller as this, and the cinematography and plot are all quit good. If you like doll horror movies, and want something a little different narratively, give this one a spin!