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Dolls (1987)

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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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doll | toy | storm | toy maker | gore | See All (40) »

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You're never too old to play with dolls until you're dead. See more »

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Because Empire Pictures wanted the film to be more like Stuart Gordon's previous film, Re-Animator (1985), additional gore footage was shot for the death of Rosemary. One shot was filmed where one doll used a pitchfork to pull out some of her intestines. The footage was eventually scrapped when the filmmakers decided that the scene didn't really fit the tone of the film. See more »

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There's during one scene many dolls on the stomach or chest area on the lady but when she tips over onto the floor face first there's no dolls or puppets anywhere near her or on her. They however appear back again on the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel: What's the matter... afraid of the dark?
Judy Bower: No... afraid of what's in the dark.
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Special thanks: Bruno Bettelheim (as Bruno Bettleheim) and Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (as The Brothers Grimm). See more »

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Referenced in Kid Safe: The Video (1988) See more »

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Dolls Theme (Bad Babies)
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Under-appreciated gem
5 December 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Under-appreciated gem from director Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Ed Naha, who in a previous incarnation wrote film review books such as 'Horrors - From Screen To Scream'. Ed may have learned a thing or two from the turkeys he encountered in his reviewing days because his script for "Dolls" is rich in homage and character. The film borrows its structure from "The Old Dark House" and realizes its ambitions with a cast and crew of highly talented individuals.

Gordon, who directed the entertaining "Re-animator" and perverse "From Beyond" brings a deliciously eerie and playful tone to this novel story of a group of adults who are sentenced to death for losing the child-like aspects of their personalities. The "dolls" of the title are the executioners and they love their bloody work, which is depicted in fine, crimson detail.

The special effects sequences featuring the dolls are realized with stop motion animation and puppetry. For the most part, they are extraordinarily convincing. A scene in which various doll characters huddle together to discreetly discuss the fate of a human character is priceless.

Mac Ahlberg's cinematography is moody and beautiful, perfectly capturing a toyland ambiance within a house of horror; and Lee Percy, who cut the Americanization of the "Baby Cart" films, "Shogun Assassin", delivers another tight, intuitive piece of work here.

Hats must come off to Gordon for the casting of Mr. Sardonicus himself, Guy Rolfe, as Gabriel Hartwicke, the eccentric, twisted toymaker and owner of the film's pivotal location where the nasty events transpire.

Producer Charles Band has made dozens of horror films, but none are as classy as the three above that he made with the talented Stuart Gordon.


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