Directed by: Zeda Müller
Written by: Zeda Müller
Stars: Hanika Nankervis, Monique Boyd, Alysha Casey... read more

Year: 2017
Genrer: Arthouse, Horror
Run time: 1h 15min
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

From Australia film maker Zeda Müller delivers probably one of the more original offerings that I have had the pleasure to watch in awhile. This aspiring newcomer has managed to make an extremely low budget film and reinvent it by turning it into a classic style silent movie. Everything from the hum of the projector, the washed out black and white color scheme, the constant jumpy light projection, added in sound effects and the screens with the lines for the viewer to read. Its all here and its done in an impressive fashion.

13 Dolls In Darkness is a film your going to want to pay close attention to as it relies on a lot of onscreen visuals to convey its message so its not for casual background viewing. It's a very entrancing experience and I think there's a unique atmosphere captured with both the camera work and the atmospheric music. We get a lot of deep giallo vibes from the movie as it focuses a lot on close ups of doll faces including particularly the eyes and the overall feeling in general when the masked killer strikes.

This is a unique and bold way to deliver a film like this but its also creative in that it possibly hides any flaws the low budget might bring out into the open if shot in crystal clear high definition. I can see 13 Dolls In Darkness being a film people looking for something different to cherish and others will not get it at all but that's how it goes. The movie definitely needs more exposure because of its style and its definitely on moviee that is not easily forgotten.

The story involves a woman named Marjorie who returns to her childhood home after 13 years. Majories mother is on her death bed and strange creepy dolls seem to be around every corner plus there is a killer on the loose. Majorie's friends show up to surprise her but only seem to find an old creepy abandoned house until they are picked off by the mysterious killer. Majorie wants to ask her mother why she was sent away for those 13 years as if she cannot remember and thus the puzzle unfolds topped off with a twist ending. I think stock is to be taken in the general delivery and style of the movie over everything else and in this category its good reinventing material by using an obsolete format. Retro is in but usually it doesn't exceed past the 70's or 80's and this one goes way back to the era of the late 1800's.

If your an indie fan looking for something different then 13 Dolls Of Darkness should smooth out that unoriginal edge you've been suffering from. Support Zeda Müller and her vision of horror and after checking out this offering I'm excited to see what she has in store next. Contact Zeda Müller on Facebook and support indie film.


Produced by: Medallion Films
Cinematography by: Aria Damani
Editing by: Zeda Müller
Special Effects by: ?
Music by: ?
Country: Australia
Language: English
Color: Black & white

Distributor: Medallion Films