Of Dolls & Murder (2012)
Director: Susan Marks
Where to get it: MVD
Of Dolls and Murder explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes and our universal fascination with murder. The documentary film explores the dioramas, the woman who created them, and their relationship to modern day forensics. From the iconic CSI television show to the Body Farm and criminally minded college students and a crime fighting granny, legendary filmmaker and true crime aficionado, John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder.
What we have here is a documentary that would fit in just well on any history or educational channel. If you are a fan of forensic shows, such as C.S.I. or some other show of the same vein, then you’ll probably like this one a bit as well. It talks about a ton of murder cases and shows some of the heroes behind solving them. It brings to light some innovators of the field and documents the hard work that goes into such things. I’m sure some people have an eye and an attention span for this stuff, but as for me it was just a little too slow. And I must sadly admit that I found this one to be lacking in all areas that would have made it interesting an eye catching.
What I am saying here is I respect people in this line of work. I can appreciate that entire process of what they do and I think we have some very cool things that have been television looking into them. I do think that this one falls a bit short of being eye catching and interesting. The movie moves at a snail pace and the people just seem to be talking. There’s not effort to spice anything up outside a few cool dolls, which are a center of this film’s attention in more than one spot. So I can appreciate the concept, but I just can’t find much here worth going out of your way to check out.