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Maybe dolls and dummies, in general, just freak me out. Dead of Night, The Great Gabbo, even the new flick The Conjuring… dolls just have some hyper-real element that raises the hair on the back of my neck to full attention, and I have a really hairy neck. But I can’t think of another movie where the dummy is actually a medical model. Meet Pin. Well that’s what the family calls him. Pin is a medical dummy with clear skin like a plastic Slim Goodbody (wow, that reference dates me). Pin is the subject of this week’s entry of The Unseen. In the later part of the 1980’s, the creep-tatsic Canadians made the Pin, A Plastic Nightmare. Starring Terry O’Quinn and David Hewlett (who both would become nerd deities because of respective roles on Lost and Stargate: Atlantis), Pin focuses on a medical dummy. Pin is not one of the “Annie, »
- Rebekah McKendry
The killer dolly movie is an interesting sub genre of the horror film. It is one that I find particularly scary. I do not like the idea of inanimate objects coming to life, especially in dolly form, although I often wonder in these films when people are doing battle with miniature menaces why they don’t just kick them away or stamp on them.
The idea of the evil doll essentially comes from films such as The Great Gabbo (1929) and Dead of Night (1945) where ventriloquist dolls turn evil. Child’s Play (1988) gave us Chucky, the first killer dolly superstar who is still going strong today. It also spawned a heap of insipid imitations that ranged from good to barely tolerable.
I have picked ten films that I hope you will enjoy reading about, and if the doll in the corner of the room starts giving you the evil eye, just »
- Clare Simpson
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