He almost seems like a comic-relief character in some scenes.
Intent on figuring out who sent the dummy to him, and what it had to do with the death of his wife, Jamie delves into the legend of Mary Shaw, a creepy old ventriloquist who was killed by an angry mob that blamed her for the disappearance of a child (in a flashback reminiscent of a similar scene in the ”origin” of Freddy Krueger from the original 1984 version of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET).
I liked that the dummy (and Mary) “stole the voices” of their victims and how Mary’s hand-written journals give instructions for “Making the Perfect Doll,” that take a particularly creepy turn.
Not a great movie, but a somewhat enjoyable one, despite its flaws.
He also has a cop on his trail, Detective Lipton (Danny Wahlberg, who has been having a decent acting career since his days in New Kids on the Block).