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Dolly Dearest (1991)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Chris Demetral ...
Candace Hutson ...
Jessica Wade (as Candy Hutson)
Enrique Renaldo ...
Alva (as Alma Martínez)
Will Gotay ...
Rene Victor ...
Luis Cortez ...
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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 <>

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mexico | toy | explosion | gothic | stabbing | See more »


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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for horror violence | See all certifications »





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18 October 1991 (USA)  »

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One of the production-used dolls was auctioned off on eBay. See more »


When Jessica attacks her mom, the shotgun is dropped and slides along. As it slides, the tape mark it hits is visible. See more »


Camilla: Ooo, these vegetables smell good! These all come from my brother's garden. I get you good price, of course. He uses fresh turkey manure. Turkey manure is the very best; gives you the best crop.
Marilyn: Really... I didn't know that.
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References Child's Play (1988) See more »

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Lupe Ontiveros, RIP
23 October 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

A lot of "Dolly Dearest" seems like a "Child's Play" ripoff, with a doll possessed by an evil spirit. In this case, the evil spirit comes from an ancient cult in Mexico, and the doll starts controlling the girl who owns it. Most of the movie is pretty predictable but still entertaining.

As is often the case with horror flicks, the cast creates some interesting connections. A noticeable cast member is the recently deceased Lupe Ontiveros as the housekeeper. She played a number of roles over the years; one of her notable roles was that of the woman scorned by Jack Nicholson early on in "As Good as It Gets". The mom is Denise Crosby, aka Bing's granddaughter and best known as Tasha Yar on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"; it seemed as though her character is supposed to look like Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly or someone like that. The dad is Sam Bottoms, best known as Lance in "Apocalypse Now". The archaeologist is Rip Torn, most recently known as the chief in the "Men in Black" movies. Crazy stuff.

So, it's basically some cheap entertainment. Still an OK choice for Halloween.

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