A Welsh writer/director is bringing the terrifying tale of Robert the Haunted Doll to the screen, KAYLEIGH MARIE EDWARDS reports
Robert the Doll, also known as ‘Robert the Haunted Doll’ or ‘Robert the Enchanted Doll’, currently sits in a museum in Florida.
He is the inspiration behind Chucky in the 1988 horror film Child’s Play, and countless other ‘haunted doll’ movies.
Apparently still causing mischief at night, the doll is so famous that his legend has spread all the way from America to the British Isles, and soon, we won’t just have the legend to contend with.
Welsh writer and director, Andrew Jones, is making sure that in the near future, Robert will be scaring us silly on our screens.
Robert the Doll, based on true events, is the story of a family, Jenny and Paul and their 10-year-old son Gene, who are plagued by strange events after their disgruntled housekeeper gives Gene the doll.
There is already tension in the household due to Jenny and Paul’s strained marriage, and Paul’s concern that Gene has inherited Jenny’s mental disorder.
Cue suspicion and an internal family struggle as the family wonder who to point the finger at for the strange occurrences.
Though the original story comes from the sunny States, this re-imaging of the creepy pitter-patter of wooden feet is filmed in the UK and takes place inside a manor house.
The country setting isn’t revealed, and the film features a combination of actors from the UK, America, and Canada to add that extra dose of universal appeal.
The ambiguity of it jolts us, as a UK audience, out of our safety zone – this isn’t necessarily happening all the way across the globe, it could be happening right here in our own home…
Andrew Jones was interested in the ‘haunted doll’ concept after scratching the surface of it in his feature Poltergeist Activity (2015, part of his ‘Haunted House’ trilogy), and wanted to delve deeper.
Jones started his film career in drama rather than horror and has an authentic eye for real-life issues and struggles.
Due to his unique talent for bringing internal and external conflict to life in remarkable realistic fashion on screen, this film isn’t a re-hashing of what we might have seen before.
We can expect a fresh, new take on a classic story, complete with drama we can relate to, plus the fun of a violent, weapon-wielding doll to satisfy our horror cravings.
The ‘based on true events’ factor can only enhance Robert the Doll’s appeal, and will probably serve to boost the real Robert’s infamy.
As Jones points out, people tend to look up the inspiration behind such stories, and he rightly states that “the idea that something so strange and unusual could happen in real life creeps people out”!
So, doll lovers, prepare to be creeped out, startled, and scared when this feature arrives, because it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Turn down the lights, tuck yourselves in, and if you notice that the doll that normally sits on a shelf has suddenly moved elsewhere, just get out of the house! Otherwise the next feature could be based on you…