FILM REVIEW: THE DOLLMAKER

Small miracles come with big consequences

The Dollmaker is a new horror short from director, Al Lougher and written by Matias Caruso.

It follows a young couple who lose their five-year-old son, Tim.

In heartbreak and desperation, they contact the Dollmaker, who specialises in making dolls of deceased loved ones that come to life when touched.

But they soon learn that small miracles come with big consequences.

The Dollmaker film poster

I think it’s just a stupid doll

The Dollmaker is a creepy, Pet Sematary-inspired tale that examines just how far you will go to overcome the loss of your child.

Each shot is crisp and the attention to detail is fantastic.

The mother, Jenna (Perri Lauren) and father, Rick (Sean Meehan) perfectly exhibit the rollercoaster of emotions of grieving parents.

The Dollmaker (Dan Berkey) exudes a great blend of foreboding and grotesque smiles. I especially like how he refers to children as brats!

The DollmakerHe gives the couple a warning about abusing the gift of this “lifelike” doll, which their grief turns a blind eye to, pulling them down a dark path that will be their ruin.

The Dollmaker doesn’t waste time on exposition or over explain who the Dollmaker is or how he’s able to make these magical dolls.

So, if you like everything explained in your horror, then you may be disappointed.

However, I suggest that you suspend disbelief and simply enjoy this pretty perfect horror short, with a brilliant twist and a bleak ending – which more horror should take the chance in doing.

It’s a kicker to the gut and the heart, but a thoroughly enjoyable one.

The Dollmaker has already picked up numerous awards, including winner of Best Horror Film at Comic-Con and is doing the rounds at many festivals.

You can now watch The Dollmaker at https://vimeo.com/304509225.

By Cat Dunn

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