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Dolls (1987)

1 rating: 3.0
Horror movie directed by Stuart Gordon

They're cute, they're cuddly...and they kill! From horror director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll) comes this "fiendish nightmare" (The Hollywood Reporter) that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling … see full wiki

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Director: Stuart Gordon
1 review about Dolls (1987)

I'm not Afraid of Dolls....who said I was? ........O Gosh I am Afraid of Dolls!

  • Oct 10, 2007
Rating:
+3
And I was, thanks to this film back in 87' I was afraid of my Barbie and her pink Cadillac, Ken stop laughing at me. After viewing this again it turn out to be comedic. Dolls starts out with the Bower family - David (Ian Patrick Williams), Rosemary (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon) and Judy (Carrie Lorraine) - headed out for a vacation that none of them really wants to take. They get lost and stuck in the middle of the woods when a really bad storm falls upon them. They are in luck however; as they stumble across an old mansion which they assume is abandoned. Fortunately for them (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) it is not abandoned at all but instead inhabited by an aging toy maker and his wife - Gabriel (Guy Rolfe) and Hilary Hartwicke (Hilary Mason) as well as a few other small guests.

As the night wears on, the Bower family is joined by Ralph Morris (Stephen Lee) who has picked up a couple of punk looking hitchhikers - Isabel (Bunt Bailey) and Enid (Cassie Stuart). It appears that they will all be spending the night. Quite possibly the longest night ever according to young Judy and Mr. Hartwicke.

We find that most of the visitors to the Hartwicke home do not have the best of intentions at heart. The punk girls just want to rob the Hartwickes of their antiques and David and Rosemary are continually plotting to get rid of David's day dreaming pain of a daughter so they can get down to some real vacationing. You probably don't need to be told anymore but the special effects are good no strings or sticks attached, given the year of production. Because we aren't tortured into believing in super-dolls and because their movements are kept to a subtle minimum, the film's sobriety is enhanced. These dolls are viscous as they slice and dice their way through the guests, with your standard killing utensils, as well as using some unconventional murderous techniques. The characters remain simple and common; the adults are evil, the younglings are nice and the ones that are over the hill are simply in between. From the get go, you'll know who will survive and who won't. The development is predictable but never boring. The finale where a large quantity of puppets is annihilated is stunning. What we learn during Dolls is that if you are not a child or at the very least a child at heart, you probably would fair better out in the storm than in the Hartwicke mansion. I over came my fears within a year and looking again at this film also made me realize how cute (the irony) of a film it is. Again with good effects and a lesson to be learned for bad people everywhere - stay away from toy making witches and warlocks lest you become a toy yourself!

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