I have to be honest. It’s tough to take a movie seriously when it’s called The Curse of Humpty Dumpty. That sounds like something a group of friends might come up with in a drunken stupor on Halloween night, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t snobbishly dismiss the film when I first heard about it. But the utter ridiculousness of the concept stuck with me, so after a few days, I decided to check out the trailer and see just how stupid this thing looked. And when I did, I was actually very pleasantly surprised.
Does it look like it’s going to be the best horror movie of the year? Not at all. Do I think it’s going to become an all-time classic that we’re still talking about decades later? I’d be shocked if it did. But does it look like a fun little horror film that’ll be way better than it has any right to be? Absolutely.
We don’t know much about the plot, but from the trailer, we can surmise that The Curse of Humpty Dumpty follows an elderly dementia patient and her two daughters who take care of her, and the three of them are somehow reunited with a creepy Humpty Dumpty doll the woman got rid of years ago. She can’t remember why she threw it away the first time, but the trailer implies that it’s home to a nasty supernatural force.
There are two things in particular that intrigue me about this trailer. First, there’s a very quick blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot that tells us the Humpty Dumpty legend was originally much darker and more disturbing than the version we know today (at least in the world of this movie), and I find that fascinating. A lot of our fairy tales were originally much more violent and horrific than the sanitized Disney versions we’re familiar with, and I love the idea of a nursery rhyme having similarly dark roots.
Secondly, before I saw the trailer, I was afraid the movie might just be a Child’s Play rip-off about a doll that walks around and kills people, but it actually seems very different from that. There are a few shots where the doll looks more like a demon than a toy, and I find that much more interesting than just another Chucky wannabee.
The Curse of Humpty Dumpty is currently scheduled to come out in the UK on November 26, but it doesn’t have a US release date yet. We can probably expect it to come out around that same time in the states, so wherever you live, it’s going to be a little while before we know if the film really does transcend its seemingly ridiculous premise.
So what do you think of the trailer for The Curse of Humpty Dumpty? Do you agree with JP that it looks better than its title and premise suggest? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for more trailers we’ve got you covered!