Actors: Raymond Lam, Kate Tsui, Karena Ng, Hoi- Pang Lo
Director: Po-Chih Leong
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Well Go USA
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Run Time: 92 minutes
I enjoy horror movies with possessed toys as much as the next person, which is why I found Baby Blues so disappointing. While the end of the film finally utilizes the creepy doll featured on the cover, the first half of the film is more about a cursed pop song than the toy, despite cheesy overlapping footage to insinuate that the doll is using mind control to puppet people’s actions upon hearing the song. Clearly created for 3D theatrical exhibition, Baby Blues also has all of the elements which enhance this medium, despite the fact that brightly lit scenes and slow motion sequences are not conducive to the horror genre.
From the very beginning of the poor-looking horror film, it is clear that logic will be thrown out the window for convenience in narrative. A new couple moves into a house, warned immediately by a local homeless man that they will be doomed if they stay. Hao (Raymond Lam) is a pop songwriter and Tian Qing (Janelle Sing) writes a blog about her marriage and her husband, though his is not allowed to read it. You might think that this cheerful couple would get rid of the creepy doll with bleeding eyes found left in the home, but it instead becomes a surrogate baby for a pregnant Tian Qing.
I could endure the lack of logic or common sense in Baby Blues if it had anything else worthwhile in it. None of the elements are effective. There is some drama dealing with the loss of child that is quickly glossed over, none of the violence or terror of a horror film, and the humor is all unintentional. It is cheesy without being fun, and completely misses the opportunity to utilize the doll better.
Entertainment Value: 3.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 3/10
Historical Significance: 2/10
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