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Though dolls have been prominent horror movie fixtures for decades, rendering them truly scary is definitely a challenge. Arguably the best example is the 1945 anthology film, Dead of Night, with its still-terrifying segment featuring a man at-odds with his ventriloquist dummy, followed closely by the classic made-for-TV film, Trilogy of Terror. The original Child’s Play has its moments, but ultimately succumbs to high camp by trying too hard to make Chucky an iconic killer on par with Freddy Krueger.
It takes a skilled hand to make an inanimate object a worthy subject of horror, which is not on display in Baby Blues, a Chinese film which has a few good moments (especially a truly-disturbing and surreal dream sequence), but is mostly a mixed bag of missed opportunities.
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What’s ultimately disappointing is a pretty decent psychological thriller could be made from this premise, such as Tian’s psychosis being the true source of terror, not a demon-possessed doll. Better yet, how about making it totally ambiguous whether or not this is a supernatural event at all? The film totally drops the ball in the final act when we actually see the doll moving on its own, since watching him scoot-around the house is more laugh-inducing than scary.
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