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Published June 25th 2019
She wants your soul
Anna the doll wants your soul
Anna, written by Gerald Crum (Lake Fear and Fall Of Grace), who also stars in the film, and directed by Michael Crum (2014's The Doll and Across Stars) is a horror-comedy, which is far more comedy than it is horror. It is about a haunted doll, which causes a lot of strife for the two men; Jacob, played by Justin Duncan (Cherokee Creek and Neon Days) and Shawn, played by Gerald Crum, who stupidly make the decision to steal her from a paranormal museum, to try to increase their views and popularity online.
Jacob and Shawn plotting away
The movie is a feature version of the filmmakers previous short from 2014 called The Doll.
Unfortunately the doll only has an interest in tormenting and taking the souls of females, so they take it upon themselves to bring women to Anna, including the beautiful "Princess Jasmine" played by Kristin Cochell (200 Degrees and Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda). No, not the Disney Princess, but instead is an incredible psychic, who is unfortunately tricked into communicating with the demon which possesses the doll.
Beware of Anna the doll
This film is really made for filmmakers, who will be in stitches over all the hilarious film rules which are broken throughout; ie. a series of "bad edits", mistakes in the script and even a scene in which a boom mic cable is clearly visible, which are all intentional. Anyone with a keen eye for film will find it enjoyable and probably cringe-worthy to spot them all!
Even if you're not a filmmaker, there is still a lot of great and silly humour throughout, with a lot of funny lines and scenarios, mostly aimed towards those in their teens and those who are young at heart.
The horror scenes are well executed, however as someone with no fear of dolls, I did not find them scary, but this film could potentially be terrifying for anyone with a true phobia of them.