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Dolly Dearest (1991)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  18 October 1991 (USA)
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An American family moves to Mexico to fabricate dolls, but their toy factory happens to be next to a Sanzian grave and the toys come into possession of an old, malicious spirit.

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An American family moves to Mexico to fabricate dolls, but their toy factory happens to be next to a Sanzian grave and the toys come into possession of an old, malicious spirit. Written by Jan Teekman <janteekman@hotmail.com>

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She has a life of her own. Now she wants yours. See more »

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Rated R for horror violence | See all certifications »

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Had a brief theatrical run in the midwest before its May 1992 video release. See more »

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When Karl Resnick is looking at the photos of the crypt in his office, he looks at one with a magnifying glass. Then in the following wideshot he puts the photos into an envelope, but the one at the top of the pile which he was previously looking at it now a different one. See more »

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Marilyn: Honey, it's over.
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Far better than expected killer doll slasher
15 May 2015 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Arriving in Mexico to begin producing dolls, a factory owner and his family come to believe their daughter's fascination with a doll is behind a rash of strange murders plaguing the factory and tries to stop its deadly curse.

This was quite a fun and highly enjoyable entry that has a lot of good points. One of its better efforts is the fact that it really does a fine job of bringing doubt to the adults about the doll's living abilities which is always a plus in here. The initial parts here seem innocent enough with the intention of being along together at all time and ignoring parental concerns before getting a little darker with the outbursts and selfish disregard for others but the doll both work well to bridge the second half which is a lot more action-packed with some great scenes. The discovery of the nanny is Gothic-influenced splendor with the searching in the dark house and basement, the raging thunderstorm blowing the doors open and the final reveal which is all quite shocking providing the best example of this while others are just as fun. The scenes inside the factory are generally creepy with the endless rows of body parts and boxes providing the best setting here for the big finale and the race to get out of the house before it takes over are just as much fun. This also manages to get some fun out of the rather impressive special effects for the doll, which uses a pretty creepy look with a fine amount of facial suggestions and moving body parts to look suitably creepy on-screen. There's not a whole lot really wrong with this one, as there's in fact only one big issue which is the sheer by-the-numbers plot this provides, falling into the typical clichés found in most similar genre pictures utilizing this familiar storyline which is really where the lone difference occurs of the curse providing some minor change but beyond that there's not a whole lot of change that comes from here. While the beginning of this does take a pretty long time to get going as it tends to focus a lot more on the family settling in and how they react to the doll, that this one ends up being so familiar and clichéd is really all that holds this one down.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Language.


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