Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 4:09PM
MPAA Rating: R
Director: James Wan
Review Rating: 7
“Beware the stare of Mary Shaw She had no children, only dolls And if you see her, never scream Or she’ll rip your tongue out, at the seam”
Jamie Ashen returns to his home town of Ravens Fair after his wifes strange murder, suspecting it’s linked to the legend of the ghost of Mary Shaw, a murdered ventriloquist.
Despite being a huge fan of the Saw series, I was a tad disappointed in this movie. (Dead Silence was made by the same people who did Saw.) It’s a lovely story about demonic dolls and a vengeful ghost and so on and so forth, but well, it’s entirely predictable. With the exception of the very end, and I won’t spoil it for you fans. It should be said, that if you can sit through the movie and pay attention, the surprise ending does make it worthwhile. And they go through a whole minute-long montage that explains everything right down to the last detail, when the final scenes culminate, in true Saw fashion. That makes it somewhat easier if there were things you weren’t clear on as far as the movie plot goes.
Back some time ago in the town of Ravens Fair, Mary Shaw was a ventriloquist who loved her dolls just like her own children. Unfortunately, Mary Shaw was murdered rather violently when a small boy went missing in the town and the angry mob decided she had done it. Shaw was buried with all her children, and of course a curse was born. Years later when Jamie Ashen receives one of Shaw’s dolls in the mail, and frankly it looks like the doll kills his wife, he goes looking for answers back home. All the while trailed by the disbelieving cop, Detective John Lipton. Despite being predictable, this is a stylish and very cool horror film, and well worth seeing.
Towards the end of the movie, during the culminating scenes where the cop and Jamie are searching Shaw’s house, there’s an easter egg: hidden in the shadows of a pillar is the Billy doll from Saw!