Robert the Doll Collection (DVD Review)

Robert the Doll Collection (DVD Review)

Robert the Doll Collection (DVD Review)

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Robert the Doll Collection (DVD Review)
RATED: UR/REGION 1/Widescreen/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
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Robert (2015)
DIRECTED BY: Andrew Jones
STARRING: Suzie Frances Garton, Lee Bane, Flynn Allen
RATED: UR

After Paul and Jenny part ways with their sinister housekeeper Agatha, the disgruntled former employee gives a vintage doll called Robert to their son Gene. Soon after Agatha’s departure, strange events begin plaguing the household. Furniture is vandalized, objects are thrown around and maniacal giggles echo through the house in the middle of the night. But nobody believes Gene when he claims Robert is to blame for the disturbances. Paul and Jenny consider the possibility that a supernatural force has taken over their home. But as the occurrences escalate they discover that it’s not the house that’s haunted… it’s the doll.

Robert is a character that has managed to get his own indie horror franchise. Based off a real life “evil” doll, Robert has four films and all of them are here in this set on DVD. In the first film, we see a doll that is cursed and is giving a couple trouble. The old woman of the house takes the doll and keeps him under wraps until she’s fired from her maid job some years later and then she unleashes the doll on the family on her way out. The concept is good, Robert is creepy, but this movie is shot in a somewhat dull style and it seems like nothing ever happens with much excitement behind it. It turns out to be a good idea with a very lackluster delivery and that’s what holds Robert back. Regardless, it didn’t hurt with the money the movie has made as we see with the sequels, but Robert needs more of a sense of urgency, needs more kills, and needs more blood. Otherwise, it’s a good idea that just feels like it’s getting in its own way. The coolest moments here seem to be the moments that feel like a tribute to other films.

The Curse of Robert the Doll (2016)
DIRECTED BY: Andrew Jones
STARRING: Nigel Barber, Lee Bane, Tiffany Ceri
RATED: UR

Emily Barker is a cash strapped student trying to make money as a cleaner working nights at the East Falls Museum. But her peaceful graveyard shift turns into a time of terror when she is plagued by the sound of footsteps in empty corridors and mysterious vandalism throughout the building. Emily suspects that one of the exhibits, a creepy vintage doll named Robert, is alive and wreaking havoc after hours. Her reports to the head of security and the museum owner go unheeded. But when members of the night staff turn up dead in sinister circumstances, Emily knows the doll is responsible for the bloodshed. But a local police detective points the finger of suspicion at Emily and she finds herself the prime suspect in the investigation. Can she convince everyone of the truth behind the murders and clear her name? Or will she too fall victim to the Curse of Robert the Doll?

The Cure of Robert is a step in the right direction and could be the overall best Robert film if you are looking for a plot that mostly does revolve around the cursed doll Robert. While we still do have some pace issues, Robert finds himself inside of a Museum following the events of the last film and soon after a girl who has just started the job and a boy who’s already been working there find themselves in the middle of the drama when stuff starts happening. Throw in a corrupt Museum owner and a few other crooked people that may or may not be aware of what’s up and we have a movie with a little more substance in the plot but still never seems to be getting in a hurry and keeps up the tradition of director Andrew Jones of keeping the camera close and tight nit from start to finish. Some of the characters here are far more likable than the cast we had before and the movie ends on a higher note with the intro of a very strange looking toymaker, but still being the best Robert the Doll movie at this point might not be saying too much to some.

Robert and the Toymaker (2017)
DIRECTED BY: Andrew Jones
STARRING: Lee Bane, Erick Hayden, Jo Weil
RATED: UR

In Nazi Germany, 1941, fearsome Colonel Ludolf Von Alvensleben acquires a legendary Occult book which holds the secret to bringing inanimate objects to life. Stolen by rogue Nazi officer Benjamin Hoffman, the mysterious book ends up in the hands of Toymaker Amos Blackwood after Benjamin is tracked down and murdered by SS officers in the town of Rosenheim. As the Nazis terrorize the locals while searching for the book, the Toymaker experiments with the ancient tome and gives life to his collection of vintage dolls and handmade toys. After betrayal from one of his employees the SS raid the Toymaker’s shop, stealing the book and kidnapping Amos. But the animated dolls and toys don’t take kindly to the loss of their master. So begins a mission to rescue the Toymaker from the clutches of the evil Colonel and exact a brutal and bloody revenge on the Nazis.

For the third Robert film, we are going back in time with a prequel. A prequel that feels a whole lot like a Full Moon Puppet Master movie because not only are we dealing with Nazis and a secret serum that brings dolls alive, but we are also introducing a whole new group of dolls to go along with Robert and he isn’t really the bad guy here. Totally Puppet Master 2 style here. Sadly, the biggest complaint I have for this one isn’t even dealing with the plot and the very Puppet Master Tolan-ish toymaker here. It’s the fact that while the plot moves along and does some stuff it seems to forget that it’s a Robert movie for the most part of it and we barely get any Robert or any other doll in this one until the movie is almost over. I can appreciate the effort that went into giving Robert a backstory, but I’d appreciate it a lot more if it wasn’t basically Puppet Master 2. Regardless, I’m not totally opposed to the evil dolls being more along the lines of an anti-hero this time around, especially when the target is evil Nazis that can’t be killed off the screen fast enough.

The Revenge of Robert the Doll (2018)
DIRECTED BY: Andrew Jones
STARRING: Lee Bane, Harriet Rees, Judith Haley
RATED: UR

In Nazi Germany, a Toymaker takes possession of a mystical book which gives life to the inanimate. After evading the SS, who are under orders from Hitler to retrieve the book, the Toymaker boards a train in an attempt to flee the country. Thinking he’s in the clear, the Toymaker soon discovers that a group of high ranking Nazi officers are also on board. Eventually, his secret is revealed and the Nazis close in. But the Toymaker has already used the magical tome to bring a vintage doll called Robert to life – and Robert will stop at nothing to protect his master. So begins a blood-soaked battle aboard the train as the Toymaker and the killer doll take on the Nazis. It’s a fight to the death and only the victor will get off at the next stop.

For the fourth and final Robert movie in this set, we have a story that goes back in time and works its way up. We actually have what amounts to three shorts that all revolve around that darn book from the third movie that has the secret on how to make dolls come to life. And if you thought Robert and his little doll friends were limited a bit in the last movie, you’ve got this one trying to one-up that fact! We basically have the Nazis after the book and that takes us into a lot of different areas and we have a lot of characters that I think they want us to care about but when they aren’t in the movie that long it becomes kind of hard to really invest. We’ll be with someone for a while, then something happens and we’re with someone else at some other place in time. The toymaker and Robert are probably all you’ll really care about and you don’t get to see them that much honestly. It at least has a better pace then the original couple films in this series and the plot can be interesting at times, but it’s a killer doll movie and I feel we need much more killer doll. Even if this movie is still just setting up the long backstory to Robert more than anything else.

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