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Dolly Dearest (1992)

1 rating: -1.0
A movie directed by Maria Lease

An American family moves to Mexico to fabricate dolls, but their toy factory happens to be next to a Satan grave and the toys come into possession of an old, malicious spirit.

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Director: Maria Lease
1 review about Dolly Dearest (1992)

2.5-I don't see this as Chucky in a dress more like the Doll version of the "Exorcist".

  • Oct 9, 2008
I don't know this movie was a bit of joke to me. I mean if you can get past the cheesy special effects, you will probably be blocked again by the acting. At least it runs the spectrum - there is over acting, under acting and just plain bad acting. Who (s) is responsible for this...the Read family. They sinks their entire life savings into the pipe dream of Elliot Read (Sam Bottoms) to have the best little doll manufacturing plant ever. His hopes are dashed however as he and his kids visit the "state of the art" plant which has apparently been closed down for years since the original doll maker died. Apparently his real estate agent copied some impressive figures from an American Business book for all of the financials on the company. Really, hasn't Elliot ever heard of researching an investment? Maybe visit the plant you are going to buy?

On the first visit to the factory, little Jessica Read (Candy Hutson) sets her heart on one of the dolls and Dad lets her take it home. Jimmy Read (Chris Demetral) is immediately fascinated by the archeological dig next door to the doll factory. As the film progresses, Jessica becomes more and more obsessed with Dolly. Mom, Marilyn Read (Denise Crosby) begins to get worried when Jessica threatens her in a demonic voice that she will kill her if she tries to take Dolly away.

'Dolly Dearest' is not that great and it's a bit long and drawn out between the action sequences. Again, what it lacks in the acting department and initial special effects it partially makes up for with Dolly herself. When Dolly starts to mess with the Read family she gets quite animated and evil. She actually kind of freaked me out at times but I am probably not a good judge in this department because evil dolls just really spook me in general. The only saving grace in the acting department is the small part of the archeologist Karl Resnick (Rip Torn). They really should have used Rip Torn more. He is just fun to watch on the screen. I thought the end of the film the writers just kind of gave up. Not a very original or believable ending to Dolly's reign of terror. If you do see this just don't expect too much.

Instead of this I highly recommend "Dolls" the core reason for my fright of Dolls back then.

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