Blu-ray Review: ‘Baby Blues’ Is Somewhat Engrossing And Interesting

After a married couple moves into their dream house they are met simultaneously with a streak of both good and bad luck that seems eerily connected to their new abode and an insanely creepy doll that was left behind by a previous owner. The husband (Raymond Lam) is a songwriter and music producer who seems borderline obsessed with writing songs about death. He composes what he considers a masterpiece with a bit of inspiration and help from the creepy doll, and soon finds its success tainted by a series of mysterious and deadly accidents that happen around anyone listening to the song.

The wife (Sing Kwan Janelle) is an online blogger, who discovers she’s pregnant with twin boys shortly after moving in to the new house. Complications during delivery leave her with only one surviving child and overpowering feelings of guilt and depression. Her mind shapes a fantasy and compulsive attachment to the creepy doll, envisioning it and treating it as her deceased son. As she becomes more devoted to the doll the number of mysterious accidents increases, putting the entire family in danger.

‘Baby Blues’ is a creepy yet somewhat clichéd horror film. Cursed object films, especially ones involving dolls, just can’t help but feel overdone at this point. Yes, said dolls are universally unsettling, but probably not enough to warrant their own subgenre. That said, ‘Baby Blues’ does have a decent and somewhat compelling story, doing some ideas better than films that it borrows from. It does suffer from a fatal flaw, however, in that it is just not scary. Creepy, yes, but scary, no. This is largely due to its employment of cheesy special effects and its focus on a forced emotion laden plotline, which seems to take precedence over the horror elements.

The story used to explain the creepy doll is somewhat nonsensical and confusing. This is a rare case where the film decides to give audiences too much information rather than not enough. Thrown in with this lack of subtlety is a sense of deus ex machina, where even though an overlong explanation is given it still feels clumsy and contrived.

‘Baby Blues’ is not the most original scary movie ever made, though it does maintain a consistently creepy atmosphere throughout. Audiences will judge this movie differently depending on how much emphasis they put on atmosphere over more “in your face” horror. The film’s story is somewhat engrossing and interesting, but probably overly so for most people looking for a good scary movie.

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