Plot: A young girl manages to free herself from her bonds, making an escape from the serial killer who is minutes from ending her life in violent fashion. She manages to run into a policeman, who radios backup and while he waits for reinforcements, the killer runs a drill through his brain. But Matt (Christopher Wiehl), a detective heard the call for help and shows up, just in time to put a bullet in the killer’s brain and save the young girl’s life. He is haunted by the killer’s occult obsessions, including some small dolls that appear to have some dark significance. The dolls are evidence of course, but Matt’s young daughter manages to find them and crafts homemade jewelry, using the dolls as the focal point. Now she is behaving in strange ways, including violent outbursts and so is everyone who purchased the jewelry from her. Matt can see the signs that connect the new spree of violence to the serial killer he stopped, but can he figure out a way to exorcise the evil once and for all?
Entertainment Value: The Devil’s Dolls kicks off with a stunning opening sequence and rarely relents from that blistering pace, giving us a dark tale about possessed dolls and the spirit of a violent serial killer. A detective has to unravel this supernatural yarn, but since his own family is now deeply involved, this proves to be the most important case he will ever work. A lot of movies I’ve seen will weave light horror elements into a crime story or family drama, but The Devil’s Dolls is horror, first and foremost. The film has crime and family traits, but the horror runs rampant and is the focal point. To that end, we see some impressive possession driven scares and sudden, strong violence that never shies away from bloodshed. This one gets nasty, with some stunning kills and a few effects that really shine. But it isn’t about the blood and scares, as this movie also boasts some terrific performances. Christopher Wiehl is quite good in the lead and Kennedy Bryce is effective as the creepy kid, not to mention a supporting cast that is more than up to the task. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves horror movies, possession stories, or just likes to see the blood flow.
No nakedness. There’s plenty of blood though, with some cool looking effects and sudden shocks of violence. The drill through the skull to open the movie is impressive, a great way to kick off a horror movie. That might be the best of the bloodshed, but there’s still some cool stuff around. Some nice throat slashes, complete with sizable spurts of crimson, stabbings, and even gun shots ring out, like a bell no less. The CGI doesn’t mesh well, but we’ve come to expect that. The movie also just has some cool visuals, from the creepy symbol that pops up all over the place to the way the possessed people look, its cool shit. The tone here is dark and serious, so no camp dialogue or over the top moments. I love wacky dialogue more than anyone, but this is one of those movies were it would have hindered the vibe. On the insanity scale, the movie scores for the creepy kid, bursts of sudden violence, and selling cursed artifacts at a flea market, but for the most part, this stays within normal horror boundaries.
Overall Insanity: 1/10