The Devil's Dolls Review
Synopsis:In the aftermath of the hunt for a serial killer, an ancient curse consumes a city, causing a series of brutal murders and pitting a detective against the clock to save his daughter's life.
The Devil’s Dolls (2016) is a 1h 25-min is an American horror movie that was shot in Canton, Mississippi, USA. Director Padraig Reynolds (Rites of Spring (2011), The Election (2007), Buried Alive (2007)) failed at executing this film to its full potential as it could have been an exceptional movie. The movie is not a terrible movie, but it is not a good movie either, and the uninteresting characters, weak script, and pacing do not help the movie. It had an intriguing concept that has been done before but could have been different if it was executed right and had a good screenplay. The opening scene was exhilarating, and I thought I was in for a fantastic treat, but that thought was quickly diminished.
Detective Matt (Christopher Wiehl - What Boys Like (2003), Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Farewell Mr. Kringle (2010), Hollywood Homicide (2003)) will do just about anything to save his daughter from the soul of a serial killer. The serial killer/Henry’s (Matty Ferraro - Terminator Genisys (2015), The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), Nashville (2014), Mothman Casey) soul can transfer to mystical dolls. Matt was the one who caught and killed the serial killer, so the serial killer has a personal vendetta against Matt. Matt found worry dolls amongst Henry’s possession at Henry crime scene where he decides to keep them in the back of his car instead of impounding them.
Matt’s daughter Chloe, (Kennedy Brice - The Walking Dead (2013), Red Band Society (2014), Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (2015), June (2015)) saw the articles and thought it was a gift for her hobby which is making jewelry. Chloe gave family friends the jewelry she made with the worry dolls, and we all can guess what shortly follows. Henry’s soul can channel to people through the worry dolls (reminds me of Chucky) and uses their fears to make them behave like serial killers. Chloe is fearful of dogs and did something terrible to their family pet.
The abandoned mental asylum looks amazing where the building’s wings resemble the shape of a cross. I also liked the voodoo priestess Della cabin because housed many nasty looking curious amongst other things that gave us the creepy visual which was much needed. Christopher Wiehl’s performance as Chloe’s father sucks in this film as I cannot feel his pain and desperation and most of his scenes are bland. Kennedy Brice who plays Chloe, his daughter gave us a better performance than Christopher. I admired her when she was possessed as her makeup was on point.
The Devil’s Dolls was a tedious film to watch and was far from being the perfect supernatural thriller. The gore does not appear real where anyone can tell that it was staged. The movie ran at a fast pace but was hard to remember what I saw because of how terrible the screenplay was. I must admit that The Devil’s Dolls had the potential of being something better but was not put together well, and most of the film appears as though it was rushed. I gave this movie a four because a few things were done right and is worth seeing when there is nothing else entertaining.
About The Devil's Dolls (2016)
AKA: Worry Dolls
Runtime: 85 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Total Avg. Votes: 11
Writers: Danny Kolker, Christopher Wiehl
Director: Padraig Reynolds