Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the supernatural horror film, Worry Dolls, Christopher Weihl is Matt, a police officer who recently ended a serial killer’s spree by gunning down Henry Leonard Bale (Matty Ferraro) before he could kill more people. Or, at least, that’s what he thought. A box of Guatemalan talismans found at the crime scene somehow finds its way into the hands of Matt’s eight-year-old daughter Chloe (Kennedy Brice). A curse has been placed on those dolls and as they find their ways into others hands, the killing spree begins anew. Can Matt track all of the talismans down and find a way to break the curse on his daughter before it’s too late?
The musical score of Worry Dolls was created by Holly Amber Church, an American composer whose fascination with film music began with An American Tale and her love for the musical score created by James Horner. While studying at the University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, Holly Amber Church worked with some of Hollywood’s renowned composers, including Christopher Young. In addition to collaborations with Padraig Reynolds, Holly Amber Church has composed musical scores for Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles, Clown Town and They Watch.
The Worry Dolls Soundtrack contains a mix of instrumental and electronic elements. Pianos and strings express the emotional elements of the film. Electronic sounds and ominous undertones represent the sinister intent of the curse. Psycho-like slashing sounds across violin strings let us know when those possessed by the curse on the dolls begin their depraved acts against others. According to the composer, “While it is a hybrid score, it contains some strong musical themes and an overall large orchestral presence and we were very fortunate to be able to record with the outstanding musicians here in Los Angeles who truly brought the music to life. There was so much great story to tell for this film – from the darkness of a deranged serial killer, to the mysticism surrounding the dolls and, at its heart, the bond between a father and his child. I hope that through the music, listeners will be transported into the narrative of Worry Dolls.”
Listening to the score of Worry Dolls spooked me out royally! Just the first track, A Plea to the Worry Dolls, featuring a child singing, “Where do you go when you die?” was spooky enough, but the piano theme sort of keeps you on edge each time it is performed. The slashing sounds ala the Psycho shower scene will make you want to jump out of your seat. The ominous undertones will have you looking over your shoulder. Holly Amber Church has created a horror movie score that will creep you out just as much as the visuals of the film.