Dorothy Mills


Dorothy Mills is a psychological/supernatural mystery film which takes place within a remote island community in Ireland.  Little Dorothy, age 15 but seeming younger, went crazy while babysitting one day and hurt the infant she was caring for. The Irish authorities sent a psychiatrist from the mainland to evaluate the situation. The psychiatrist originally came up with a diagnosis of multiple personality disorder - until the psychological part of the mystery gave way to the supernatural.

The dramatic tension in this film centers around the true nature of little Dorothy's multiple personalities. The psychiatrist thinks the various characters being manifest are purely fabrications of Dorothy's imagination, until ...

The premise is similar to the original version of The Wicker Man, except that it establishes a dark, spooky atmosphere in the very first scene, and maintains it throughout. The island is forbidding: jagged cliffs, invariably overcast skies, permanently muddy ground, houses built of rotting timber. The music is foreboding. The staring, taciturn, unsmiling islanders look like refugees from a mental health clinic. All about her, the psychiatrist sees hints that dark rituals are being practiced involving communication with the dead and animal mutilations. To an outsider, every local seems to be hiding terrifying secrets. The islanders not only shield themselves from the outsider, but from each other as well, and the island's tragic history never seems to vanish into the past.

In addition to the creepy ambiance, the film's other big plus is a tremendous lead performance from Jenn Murray. The character's unique ability to channel other personalities requires Ms. Murray to play a half-dozen parts and in each case to match them accurately to other people playing those same parts in other times and places. She manages to impersonate the other actors accurately enough that it can be difficult to determine whether any given character on screen is a flashback from the past or Jenn Murray impersonating that character. When she channels a male, the DP tends to keep the camera off of her at first so that she can sustain the illusion with her voice. When she channels a female, it takes the pause button to determine whether the person on screen is the actress playing lady X, or little Dorothy channeling X.

By the way, the star of this film, playing the psychiatrist, is the Dutch actress Carice van Houten, whose impeccable English is absolutely uncanny. The only accent I could hear was her inability to say the "th" sound in "the," and that may not have been her own accent, but an attempt to duplicate the sound of some regional Irish accent. (If you've been there, you know many natives say "ting" instead of "thing.") She was playing a character with a Dutch name, so I'm not really sure whether she was trying to incorporate any Irish sounds into her vocal range. Either way, she has an impressive phonetic command of a language which is not her own.

The film's solid direction is not a surprise given that the director is Agnes Merlet, who seemed to have a truly promising career about a decade ago, after the release of Artemisia. I'm not sure what happened to Merlet in the interim, but this is her first credit since then. That's about 11 years between films. She still displays plenty of talent at the helm, but I was not as impressed by her script, which seemed to follow all the usual predictable paths, offer all the usual horror film foreshadowing, and draw upon the usual characters and clichés. A lot of the details don't make sense if you think back upon them once you know all the secrets, and the story culminates in one of those endings that leaves the audience thinking, "That's it?", not in the sense that it doesn't provide closure, but in the sense of "C'mon. They couldn't think of any better way to end it?"

The film is rated 6.2 at IMDb, which is about right in terms of the skill involved. It's crafted well enough that a lower score would be unjust, but it's a slow burner with limited appeal. It's not a film with mainstream potential, since it is monotonous and lacks stars, humor, and action. Neither it is a film that will appeal to most fans of modern horror films, since it is laid-back, treads on familiar ground, is lacking in "boo" moments, and has almost no gore on screen. In recognition of the film's limited appeal, distributors in North America and the UK didn't take the bait offered by a Cannes screening, and the only reviews currently online are in French and German.

The nudity comes from Charlene McKenna, or at least I think so. As I told you above, it's not always clear whether the character of Mary is McKenna in flashbacks or Jenn Murray as Dorothy channeling Mary. But I'm 95% sure it's McKenna. Color-adjusted sample below.




s5, e17

Are those really Dina Meyer's breasts? Beats me, but I don't remember her being so well endowed. Fair warning: this stuff gets unpleasant.

A more pleasant sample can be found below.



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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"30 Rock"

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Lauren Hays

Part 3 of another multi-part tribute in a mixture of Brainscan clips and third party material.

The clip today is from Crime and Passion. The other chick is Nikki Fritz.








Casting Couch


Part 2

Holly Sampson. Sample below:

Nicole Fornier. Sample below:








Notes and collages


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Jumping back to get some key moments from Season 2, including a complete side boob in an episode ten bath!

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s4, e11

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Amy Winehouse - again


Doutzen Kroes in a bra that covers absolutely nothing

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Lea Drucker in Le Bruit Gens Amour


Film Clips

Nudity from Peta Sargent in Satisfaction, s2, e9. (This week's featured film clips from Johnny Moronic.)

Lala Sloatman in Net Games

Muriel Catala in L'Homme Presse

Serena Grandi in Adventures of a Young Don Juan

One more woman from Choke: Suzanne Shepherd. (I missed this one in yesterday's edition, but Beercaps got it in his summary.)

The legendary Edie Sedgwick in Ciao Manhattan. (This is the character played by Sienna Miller in Factory Girl.)