Saturday Shorts: Doll Face
I selected Colin Campbell’s 2012 short Doll Face based on a fact of my childhood: my beloved grandfather used to call me that. Given, he also used to call me Claudette because he thought I looked like Claudette Colbert, but the name has always been special to me. That was what caused me to get interested in this short, which I’d like to share here. It’s a little longer than some of our two-minute fare; this one clocks in around seven minutes. Still not a bad time investment.
I’ll be honest: I have some plot issues with this short film. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and they don’t all add up. Why does the doll show up at the house? Is she there to lure people to the shop to satisfy bloodlust, and at that, whose bloodlust? Who is her true boss? Is she trying to break a vicious cycle? Does she really just want a bra that fits at the end of the day? We’ll never know. However, the lighting and the music are good, managing to keep things tense as it moves along. Sometimes, you don’t need perfect. Some days, you just need creepy.