I know Halloween is over, and this will be the last Halloween-type posting until—I don’t know, let’s say after Christmas—unless something really cool comes up.
The “living doll” plot reminds me of one of the great stories in film horror. No, not the Chucky movies.* I’m thinking of a 1945 British film called Dead of Night.
Dead of Night was an anthology film made by Ealing Studios, the company that released Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Ladykillers. and many other classic British comedies in the decade after WWII. Here’s a New York Times description of the film:
The standout episode of the five stories-within-a-story is the last one, in which Michael Redgrave plays a ventriloquist who is being slowly driven insane by his dummy. It’s been copied many times, but the original is simply unforgettable.
Michael Redgrave and Friend
The Boy is scheduled to be released on 22 January 2016.
*Child’s Play, aka the first Chucky movie, came out 27 years ago, in 1988. Chucky 7 is apparently “heading into development.” The success of this franchise is one of those things that neither scientists nor theologians have ever been able to explain.