Adeline Gray and her daughter Chloe have moved to the country to escape the horrors of World War II. Their family home was bombed by the Germans and with her husband fighting for his country, Adeline decides it makes sense to flee to the relative safety of rural England. Arriving at a country manor she is greeted by it’s owner, a friendly chap by the name of Arthur Harper. Prior to her arrival we saw a flashback where a couple of hundred years previous, a witch was at large in the area.
The witch was dealt with by the locals but she had a particularly scary looking doll and it’s that doll that is still in existence taking up residence at the manor. Adeline is having problems adjusting to the new life she has chosen and then Chloe goes missing after finding the doll. To top all that, the witch with her festering looks decides to make an appearance.
Looking at the poster and the trailer, you would think we’re in for a Annabelle/Chucky hybrid. Whilst the doll is a selling point, the film is much more than that. To reveal any more would spoil what is a pretty ambitious and brave low budget horror. Lead actress Helen Crevel turns in a great performance as poor old tortured Adeline and is backed up by a gentleman whose thespian accomplishments I am unaware of by the name of Philip Ridout. His character appears to be a nice guy but is harbouring something more sinister and may have to go on a diet as he chews the scenery magnificently.
First time feature director Lawrence Fowler shows some promise as the film has a nice classy look and although the doll is pretty low tech, it’s suitably vile especially the satanic grin.
It’s certainly different than your usual direct to DVD/VOD fodder and is worth the time and effort to seek it out. I rather liked it as scary doll films are my thing and this one is a good ‘un.
- Starring Helen Crevel Philip Ridout Layla Watts Neil Hobbs
- Director Lawrence Fowler
- Distributor High Octane Pictures