Plot is the least interesting thing about this and most films. Focus on the elaborate death scenes. They draw your attention to sound. There’s Pino Donaggio’s lush score. It has a twinkling innocence, grand strings, and an ethereal chorus. Schmoeller also heightens your sense of the sound design. We hear, for instance, blood plop, plop, plopping before we even see the wound. And most chilling of all, you can’t quite place the voices heard that go with shots of dead-eyed dolls.
July 27, 2016