Inhyeongsa/The Doll Master [2004]

Lavish & eerie debut effort from writer/director Yong-ki Jeong makes for interesting viewing from a well worn premise. 5 people meet up in the standard lavish house in the deep woods, to pose for a wheelchair-ridden doll maker. But of course, things ain’t what they seem and of course, you know this ain’t gonna end well. Dolls (some of them people sized!) start moving, bodies start dropping, and there’s a crazy man chained up in the basement. And a creepy ass little girl running around looking. . .well, creepy. You’ll see what I mean soon enough.

Despite plot loopholes and pacing issues, I found this to be entertaining and a little spooky. Excellent music scoring enhances great sets and mediocre acting to tell a somewhat confusing albeit intriguing tale of revenge. Think of this as the flipside of ‘Toy Story’!

Rating: 7 out of 10 Skulls

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