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Dolls (1987)

R | | Fantasy, Horror | 29 May 1987 (USA)
A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers and their haunted collection of dolls.

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A group of travelers spend the night in the mansion of an elderly couple who are dollmakers. However, one of the travelers' children discovers that the dolls the couple makes are actually humans that the couple has miniaturized and turned into tools for their evil plans. Written by Anonymous

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The film originated with the poster image of a doll holding its own eyeballs and producer Charles Band's simplistic pitch of a movie about a killer doll. Writer Ed Naha was given total creative freedom, though producer Brian Yuzna was insistent that the poster art would correlate to a scene in the film. See more »

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First time we see Mr. Punch speak there's a close-up shot of the doll's face, staring directly into Ralph. But on the wide-shot we can clearly see Judy holding the doll and the doll is slightly tilting on to the side actually looking straight at the floor/wall. See more »

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Gabriel: What's the matter... afraid of the dark?
Judy Bower: No... afraid of what's in the dark.
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I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Whistled by Ian Patrick Williams
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"Once Upon A Time..."
16 November 2000 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

If Sam Raimi had channeled the Brothers Grimm to write a story about dolls in the present day, this is about what they would've come up with. By turns charming, eerie and cringe-inducing, it allowed director Stuart Gordon to rein in the outrageousness he got to indulge in with "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond". There are shocks, there is gore and there is that pitch-black sense of humor, but everything is tempered by the wonderfully pleasant presences of Carrie Lorraine and Stephen Lee, as the only two decent souls in the midst of one of the most unpleasant casts of rotters I've seen in my recent if faulty memory; all of whom come to equally unpleasant, if not deserving ends. Just like in fairy tales...

The Bands and Gordon must've been avid fans of the old William Castle spooker "Mr. Sardonicus," because they find casting perfection in Guy Rolfe as the kindly old dollmaker, who sort of extends the role (and his career) in the "Puppet Master" series. Distinguished character actor Hilary Mason plays off him well, and the two have a wonderfully morbid benevolence about them; like Gomez and Morticia Adams in their twilight years.

Working the other end of the spectrum are Ian Patrick Williams and the always excellent Carolyn Purdy-Gordon as the little girl's abusive and shallow father and "wicked" stepmother. Rounding it off are Bunty Bailey and Cassie Stuart as the brassy, blowsy punkettes who learn all about the virtues of etiquette...the hard way.

Anybody who thinks Chucky is state-of-the-art when it comes to walking, talking, murderous toys needs to check out the effects created by Giancarlo Del Brocco and John and Vivian Brunner. A lot of stop-motion combined with mechanics, (courtesy of the legendary David Allen) but you gotta appreciate the subtleties. Got creeps? Less is definitely more.

A nifty little rental if you can get hold of it.


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