Worry Dolls (2016)44K
Worry Dolls: Directed by Padraig Reynolds. With Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson, Tina Lifford, Samantha Smith. 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.
“Padraig Reynolds keeps with the same visual and directing style that played out in rural community horror fashion in u0026quot;Rites Of Springu0026quot;. That whole small town lives with their super evil occult issues. u0026quot;Worry Dollsu0026quot; doesnu0026#39;t quite give as exciting and well developed story the way his debut feature gives, but it keeps with a familiar creepy cult, black magic motif. Except in this story the occult, supernatural is more developed and defined. With u0026quot;Rites Of Springu0026quot; it was a more subtle hint to the Sowing Season with more pagan inspiration. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;Worry Dollsu0026quot; is a wicked, and paranormal curse nightmare that gives good deadpan mixed with American Gothic flare. Unfortunately the suspense and energy is very low when it comes to getting the story off the ground. The emotion and atmosphere are their but the direction and character drama just never gets up there to meet this great, and chillingly good slice of occult horror. The cast give good performances, but compared to u0026quot;Rites Of Springu0026quot;, u0026quot;Worry Dollsu0026quot; feels more Charles Band than Ti West, not that that is a bad thing, just saying compared to films similar to u0026quot;Worry Dollsu0026quot; like u0026quot;House Of The Devilu0026quot; and u0026quot;Nothing To Fearu0026quot;. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNow the special effects are beasts of another Hell! The blood splatter, and brutality was great, visceral slices of awesome. The opening scene honestly, I felt like I needed to go check to make sure no blood splashed on me. Great scene. I enjoyed all the horror scenes with the blunt, brutal deaths. Blood, blood, blood, every kill was crimson. The sound effects, and the musical score werenu0026#39;t as memorable as the special effects, but they do their job to keep the pace and attitude of u0026quot;Worry Dollsu0026quot; dark, and sinister. And the creature effects, although more like Haunted Attraction level artistry, created some freaky, evil faces. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall, u0026quot;Worry Dollsu0026quot; is a bit disappointing, especially when comparing it to Reynoldsu0026#39; first film, but does have some cool stuff happening throughout the film. You will find yourself wondering on to other things during the long character building scenes. Still just when you feel you drifted too far a brutal, blood staining event takes place and snaps you back into the depth of the horror in u0026quot;Worry Dolls:u0026quot; Definitely check this one out if you are keen to Padraig Reynolds style, I liked enough about the film based on concept and kills to wanna add it to my collection. But take note that the horror vibe doesnu0026#39;t really have full strength through the whole film, like the thrills, it comes and goes.”