After a series of inexplicable events, Adeline Gray believes a haunted doll possesses the soul of a vengeful Witch. To have any hope of being reunited with her missing daughter, she knows she must defeat the evil curse of The Witch’s Doll.
From the stream of low budget horror’s comes, Curse of the Witch’s Doll and being one of the better shot, well acted, yet poor films I have seen.
Let’s get onto the elephant in the room, the doll…what the tits was director/writer Lawrence Fowler thinking?! There’s no escaping the fact that the little grinning deranged doll is hilarious, there is nothing in the slightest sinister or threatening about it, it has completely hampered any effectiveness as a scary entity within the opening scenes, what a shame.
The timeline of the Witch’s doll is quite expansive starting in 1660, followed by a stint in 1942 and finally a small modern piece. At the time the film does flow reasonably well but the more I think about the overall affect the more it feels like three shorts pieced together.
The most substance is found within the 1942 segment, Aveline Gray (Helen Crevel) and her daughter Chloe (Layla Watts) have moved to the countryside fleeing from the heavy bombings taking place in the city. The manor house is huge and ominous throughout, whilst looking through the house Chloe finds a small doll which she keeps. Whilst out in the woods Chloe goes missing – the witch has her.
Whilst I mentioned above that it is well acted I stand by that, however what is immediately strange and I can only assume it was written this way is the emotional response from both Aveline and the local constabulary. It just doesn’t relate to the fact that there is a young child missing and everyone is calm as a cucumber, baffling.
The films transition from this point and further plot twists really aren’t welcome, I was quite happy seeing Helen Crevel explore the vast dimly lit home, in parts feeling like ‘The Others’ the decision to remove her from the remainder of the film was not a good one, on top of this the modern piece towards the films finale isn’t bringing anything to the table.
In terms of the film being a horror in the common sense, most of it can be simply quantified as period-drama, with the odd horror element thrown in. Honestly not a great deal happens, other than the odd telegraphed scare or typical demon-like speech.
Overall Curse of the Witch’s doll is a frustrating watch, it’s been shot really quite well and I can’t fault (for the most part) the acting, however I can guarantee the little demented doll will be a running joke among anyone who has been unfortunate enough to watch this film. That doll………what the f.