Sunday, July 7, 2013
Movie Review: Dangerous Worry Dolls. (2008)
After a string of criminal events lands Eva in Prison, she finds out that the life inside the Prison walls isn't that easy to cope with. She's reunited with her daughter on visitors day and is given a gift. A box containing Worry Dolls. At night, you tell the dolls all of your worries and place them under your pillow. The dolls are made to take away your worries. For Eva, that doesn't exactly happen the way she was hoping, so now she must take control before the dolls take control of her.
This movie is directed by Charles Band and the screenplay is by August White who is a commonly used writer for Full Moon Pictures that was founded by Charles Band. After watching a few movies by Charles, I've come to realize two things that are common in his movies. One: He has a strange obsession with dolls. Two: His opening credits take way too fucking long.
The last movie that I viewed from those two were, 'Doll Graveyard' and I have to say that 'Worry Dolls' was a step in the right direction. Before you start thinking that I liked this movie I do have to clarify that this movie was DUMB. Dumb, with a capitol D. The first part of the movie gave off a presence that made you think it was going to be a good film. That presence lied.
Jessica Morris' portrayal as Eva was the best in the movie and that's saying a lot since everyone else sucked. I don't think she's a terrible actress, I think she has potential. It was just a really bad script and an Oscar worthy actor/actress couldn't of pulled it off. Paul Boukadakis' portrayal as Russel was the worst. From his obnoxious body language to his annoying acting performance. Every time he was onscreen I got a urge to punch him in the jugular.
Apart from the acting, the directing was solid and the concept of the story was promising. The Cinematography was also pretty decent. The dolls on the other hand were awful. They should of taken the actual concept of the dolls down another path. The way they did it was stupid. The dolls in this movie really should of acted like the dolls in 'Doll Graveyard.' There were also some scenes in the movie that were so unnecessary that it seemed like it was just put in there to make up time.
It was so bad that you couldn't help but think "The fuck!? What was the point of that?" Besides everything that I have mentioned, the real problem with the movie is the screenplay. Man, that's one awful screenplay. It came off like she just half assed it cause she was lazy or possibly bored. This movie was promising and had potential and if it had a different screenplay, I think it could of been good. It would still be cheesy, given the concept of the movie but it wouldn't of been as bad as this.
'Worry Dolls' was enjoyable and is a two time watch and it might seem better the second time around. Even if you watch it more than once, you can't help but notice all of the flaws and they're really hard to ignore. That I think in the long run hurts the film in general. I give this movie 2 1/2 Skulls.