More than a few people walking by the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission in Victoria have the same question: what’s up with that creepy doll in the window?
Passersby can feel the gaze of the glassy-eyed doll that peers out over Government Street.
So how did it get there? It turns out it was given to them by a producer of a horror film.
“This was a doll that was gifted to us by the production manager from The Boy, a fabulous movie that was filmed exclusively in Victoria,” said Victoria film commissioner Kathleen Gilbert.
In The Boy, which is in theatres now, an American nanny learns the boy she’s been hired to care for is really a doll his parents treat as a living child. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe the doll is very much alive.
Gilbert is quick to point out that the doll in the window is not the one featured in the film, but it has taken on a life of its own. He goes by the name Oscar or 25 Cents and his owners have been known to dress him up. He held a box of poppies on Remembrance Day, and dressed up us a Christmas doll during the holidays. Lately, he’s been wearing a Vancouver Canucks sweater.
Now he stands in the window holding a baby doll, a tribute to a film commission employee who recently had a child.
– With files from Kylie Stanton