‘Don’t play with evil’
Mandy the Haunted Doll is a 2018 British horror film about three burglars who realise they are trapped in a house with a deadly cursed doll.
The onscreen title is Mandy the Doll and the movie is also known as The Doll from the Attic and Haunted Dolls
Directed by Jamie Weston (Darker Shades of Elise; Fox Trap) from a screenplay written by Shannon Holiday (Curse of the Scarecrow; Bride of Scarecrow; The House on Elm Lake). Produced by Scott Chambers [as Scott Jeffrey] (Spider in the Attic; The Mutation; Bats; Bad Nun: Deadly Vows; Cupid; ClownDoll and many others) and Rebecca Matthews (Witches of Amityville Academy; The Candy Witch; Pet Graveyard).
The Proportion Productions movie stars Amy Burrows (12 Deaths of Christmas), Penelope Read, Manny Jai Montana and Faye Goodwin.
In 1910, Mandy, a young girl was led into an abandoned church and locked in. She froze to death and was found by the priest several weeks later, clutching nothing but an old china doll. Since that fateful day, Mandy’s spirit is said to have latched itself onto the doll – thus dooming her to wander the earth in the guise of her toy doll for eternity.
Decades later, we meet a young couple. The young girl complains about a recent babysitting job where she wasn’t allowed to see the child and felt very uncomfortable all evening. Despite not wanting to return to the house, she is being contacted on a regular basis by her previous employer who appears desperate for her to return.
A doll is found wrapped in a box on her doorstep – once they discover that the doll is, in fact, alive, it is too late for the couple to save themselves…
“The story and plot for Mandy the Doll starts out with potential but winds up being hindered by the lack of creative direction. Point put, the story is very much similar to other like-minded films it feels like you’ve already seen it and you know how the film will play out.” Decay Mag
“While the acting is at times cringe-worthy it can be overlooked as the whole set up of the movie is pretty good and the doll is damn right creepy, not just to look at but the way it moves. Those who suffer from pediophobia (fear of dolls) would be best to stay well away from this movie. Those who are brave enough will find a well-written indie horror in amongst the chills.” Horrorscreams Videovault
Pukem Up Podcast review:
“The doll wants to “play a game”. We’re heard these words time and again. The third act is dumb and disappointing. The film doesn’t deliver on its premise and avoids showing the doll at all costs.” Tales of Terror
“The three young leads are actually decent actors, although Torrance does vacillate wildly between good and bad at times. Read is also believable as Mandy’s crazed keeper and she gives her all in the finale where she smacks folks with a hammer. Director Jamie Weston should also get some credit for trying to make it look like a real film.” Video Junkie
Released in the USA by Redbox on 19th June 2018.
A British DVD release by Take Five Digital was released on 15 April 2019.
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