Movie Review: The Devil's Dolls (2016)

Synopsis: After finding and shooting the serial killer that had become an obsession for him, a police detective tries to put the pieces of his life back together. However, when his daughter looks in the evidence box and mistakes a set of cursed "worry dolls" for some necklace charms, she inadvertently causes a plague of people imitating the killer.

Who's in it? The movie stars Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson, Tina Lifford, Samantha Smith and Kennedy Brice.

Review: I came across this movie on Netflix a few days ago and, even though I really wasn't expecting much from it (based largely on the fact I didn't recognize any of the stars), decided to watch it with my wife. As it turns out, it was admittedly a little better than expected, though it also wasn't anything overly special.

The movie did have some intense moments involving normal people turning into killers because of the doll charms on their necklaces and bracelets. And, since they weren't really evil (they were just being turned evil by the dolls), it did leave me with some mixed emotions when they would end up getting killed themselves. And, the fact one of the possessed people is the detective's (Wiehl) young daughter (Brice) adds some added difficulty.

The main problem I had with this movie is it was a little predictable. It wasn't too hard to figure out who would be affected by the dolls, who their eventual victims would be and what would happen to them as a result. The film did make some effort to at least have a surprise twist, but even that wasn't to too difficult to see coming.

I also wasn't a fan of how the movie ended, mostly because it left a lot of loose ends, including trying to explain why his daughter killed the family dog. Granted, I'm not really sure how they could have changed the ending to correct that (it's always difficult with movies like this). But, considering this all started because he was a terrible detective (way to just leave the evidence box unattended on your back seat), I just felt like there should have been more of an effort to at least try to tie up those loose ends.

Final Opinion: It's not a terrible movie. But, mostly because it is kind of predictable, it isn't anything that is overly memorable either. I'd say it is an average film at best.

My Grade: C


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