Director: Lawrence Fowler
Cast: Helen Crevel, Philip Ridout, Layla Watts
Production Company: Up A Notch Productions
Runtime: 95 minutes
Let’s face it, some dolls can be very creepy. Maybe its the way their eyes seem to follow you around a room. Curse of the Witch’s Doll (2018) provides us with a scary living doll, but it goes on to unravel even darker mysteries as well…
In the movie, Adeline (Helen Crevel) and her daughter Chloe (Layla Watts) move to a secluded manor house outside a small village. Inside, a cursed witch’s doll is waiting for them. When her daughter goes missing, Adeline must overcome the curse of the evil plaything.
The movie is brimming over with great indie actors including Helen Crevel from KillerSaurus (2015), Philip Ridout from Dogged (2017), Claire Carreno from The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund (2016), and Michelle Archer from Mother Krampus (2017).
The origin of the witch’s doll is told in the very first scene of the movie. Spooky events start to happen early on, which helps to keep the story interesting. The pacing of the film is very deliberate, balancing the frightening moments with needed exposition.
The relationship between the mother and her daughter is one of the film’s strongest points. The rapport between them makes Chloe’s disappearance all the more emotional. Many of the characters in this film are well fleshed out and have compelling back stories.
The manor setting reminded me of another freaky doll movie, William Brent Bell’s The Boy (2016). These films have other things in common, such as a propensity for surprising events. I’ll leave you to discover those surprises on your own…
The movie makes a point of changing gears a few times over the course of events. These changes can be shocking for the viewer, since they seem to come out of nowhere. It’s wonderful when a horror film with a familiar theme can also manage to keep you on your toes.
This is Lawrence Fowler’s first horror film and definitely a step in the right direction. I hope we get to see more from him in the future. Curse of the Witch’s Doll is a captivating piece of work, and much more than just an evil doll movie…
– John Migliore
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