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Black Devil Doll from Hell (1984)

Video  -  Horror  -  1984 (USA)
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A woman buys a doll at a magic shop. Unbeknownst to her, the doll is possessed by an evil spirit, and it proceeds to take her over.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shirley L. Jones ...
Helen Black
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gladys Ames ...
Church Member #1
Bernard Brown ...
Club Dancer #2
Jacqueline Coats ...
Church Member #2
Sharada F. Coats ...
Church Member #3
Toshia Coats ...
Church Member #4
Loneo Davis ...
Church Member #5
Obie Dunson ...
Preacher (as Rev. Obie Dunson)
Tommie Graham ...
Club Dancer #1
Onita Green ...
Club Dancer #3
Arlether Harris ...
Church Member #6
Randolph L. Helton ...
Church Member #7 (as Randolpj L. Helton)
Denise Hill ...
Church Member #8
Thalia Holloway ...
Second Buyer
Jeanine Johican ...
Church Friend
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A woman buys a doll at a magic shop. Unbeknownst to her, the doll is possessed by an evil spirit, and it proceeds to take her over.

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Trivia

The titular doll was purchased at a hobby shop in Chicago, Illinois. Moreover, the doll was played by the director's nephew in the scenes in which it walks. See more »

Goofs

In Anna Holiday's credit, 'Photography' is misspelled as 'Phototgraphy.' See more »

Quotes

The Doll: [sniffs, then shouts] Did you just fart, bitch?
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" ? " as Black devil doll See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Guyana: Cult of the Damned (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Your Nightmare
Performed by David Ichikawa
Music and Lyrics by David Ichikawa
Backup Vocals by Kristy, Carla Boretti, Chris Knight
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10 bucks could have made the difference.
1 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been waiting 10 years to see this movie. I first read about it in a Joe Bob Briggs article of the all-time worst B rated movies ever made. This one stuck out because of the nature of the film. The devil doll, the rape, etc. Maybe it was the 10 year wait that made this film seemingly better to me than to most.

The other reviews are mostly correct though. The intro is terrible. The money Chester Turner invested in the opening song could have made the difference. The credits seem never ending, especially since there are only about 10 different people mentioned in a 6 minute period. Shirley Jones is not as dumpy as everyone else has said either. Average, maybe a little less, but thats all.

The sound is really the worst thing about this movie. The Casio keyboard comments are not bullshit either, that's really what it is. Some scenes you can barely here the characters lines beneath the sound of the Casio keyboard playing 4 keys over and over again. The acting was only as good as the dialogue provided. Hard to make good out of a shitty script. The movie would have been so much better with some proper sound editing.

The video is not too choppy for being made with a camcorder. Parts of the rape scene are hard to follow because they cut the video into still shots that slowly progress leading the viewer to believe the VCR is eating your cassette tape. Hang in there, it only last a minute or two.

The plot was good enough though, and it had much potential. The doll, the rape, etc. The puppeteer was phenomenal, and the special effects are way ahead of their time. If this movie was available with closed captions, I would recommend this to anyone. Turn the volume off, and you can't lose.

Unfortunately, this is one of those films that could have been huge just based on the controversy surrounding it, but alas, it is no longer made. It would be a good one for someone to purchase the rights to and re-release it after some heavy media hype.


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