Curse of the Witch’s Doll #MovieReview

Curse of the Witch’s Doll Synopsis: 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.

Written and Directed By: Lawrence Fowler

Starring: Helen CrevelPhilip RidoutLayla Watts

Release Date: 02/06/2018

Runtime: 1hr 35min | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received from October Coast for review consideration

Curse of the Witch’s Doll Review

It seems like I go into a lot of movies with low expectations because the times I do go in expecting a movie to be fantastic I’m always disappointed. And when I go in with very low expectations I’m pleasantly surprised. Curse of the Witch’s Doll was one of those times.  I really think the cover does it a bit of a disservice. Going from the cover (and title) it looks like an Annabelle clone. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Unfortunately I can’t say too much about Curse of the Witch’s Doll because there are quite a few twists and turns that were genuinely surprising and I’d hate to ruin anything. I will only say one thing. The first ‘twist’ made me roll my eyes a bit but I can guarantee you…stick with it. I promise it’s worth it. The pacing is perfect, it always keeps moving forward with no lags at all. This is a movie that relies on acting, atmosphere and mood to scare you and it does it well. I never felt like they were going for the easy scare.

The cinematography is excellent with some truly beautiful and original shots. Combined with some decent CGI the movie is worth watching for that alone. Particularly one scene near the middle. It’s a very simple shot but the way its done is just…perfect. The make-up effects are decent. I’m a little torn on the doll itself. I kept going between creepy and goofy. Although there were some genuinely creepy moments with it. There were a lot of times when they didn’t go for the obvious jump-scare and used a more subtle effect. I liked that a lot. The sound design was excellent as well. The music is moody in places and only comes to the forefront during the action sequences and never telegraphs the scares. They also mix sounds in very well with the music to give you hints or to just make it creepier.

The acting is great all the way through. Everyone puts their hearts into it and it shows. The dialogue flows smoothly and naturally. There is one speech in particular that Adeline says that I really, really loved. Adeline’s words and actions feel very real. You really invest in Adeline’s character and, frankly, I was upset with her and for her. The finale of the movie was a bit abrupt. The switch in styles was surprising but understandable. It just left off of one part abruptly so you’re a little unsure of what happens next. I mean, you have a pretty good guess but I would have liked a few things cleared up.

I would have liked a bit more information on The Witch. There is absolutely no backstory for her. I would have liked to have known a bit more with that. Presumably she was hung as a witch but how did the doll end up where it did? Was it in the same place? It’s hard to say and with the Witch having an obvious French accent I think those parts should have been explained more. Even if it’s just through the trusty “ye olde journal” source. All in all I did enjoy it. Enough to want to watch it again and possibly buy it to keep.

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