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Dolls (1987)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror  |  29 May 1987 (USA)
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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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This film was actually shot before Stuart Gordon's next film, From Beyond (1986), and was shot on the same sets, but released almost a year afterwards due to all the doll effects in post-production. See more »

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When Judy and Ralph sneak into Gabriel's doll workshop, Judy is standing next to Ralph, but all of a sudden when Ralph is raising up and the camera gets behind him Judy is now in front of him. 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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The beginning credits have various doll faces materialize on the screen in an eerie way. See more »

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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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