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Black Devil Doll from Hell (1984)

Not Rated | | Horror | Video 1984
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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This film was entirely financed by Chester Novell Turner. See more »

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Randolph L. Helton's name appears incorrectly in the closing credits, as "Randolpj L. Helton" See more »

Quotes

The Doll: [shouting at the girl, who is asleep in bed] Hey bitch! Wake up, bitch!
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The opening credits last for approximately 6 minutes 45 seconds. See more »

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Featured in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Am Not Just A Playboy
Performed by Andrew D. Durden
Lyrics by Andrew D. Durden
Music by John Cooke
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I DEFY you to keep a straight face while watching this!
26 December 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I used to always pass this box at the video store and, after over a year, I decided to rent it. I can't remember when I laughed so damned hard in my life! There are some legitimate comedies that haven't tickled me this much, definitely a "So-Bad-It's-Good" classic. The story concerns one Shirley Black (Shirley L. Jones), a deeply religious woman who stops at a thrift shop and buys a doll that looks a lot like Webster with French braids. The woman running the store tells Shirley that the doll was the property of an East Indian gentleman with strange powers (although the doll has a West Indian hairstyle, but, never mind) and that it always returns to the store under its own power. Hearing that should put anyone off of purchasing the doll, but not our intrepid and spiritual Shirley (so brave and righteous is she that she preaches to men trying to sell her stolen merchandise on the street). She buys it and even tells it "You'll be the only man to see me naked other than my husband" before taking a shower. She then has visions of being attacked by the doll.

Once again, anyone else would be getting rid of the doll at this point. But Shirley hangs on to it. The next day, it jumps out of a closet and knocks her unconscious. It then ties her to the bed and has its way with her before running back to the thrift shop. Shirley is then sent into a downward spiral of sexual degradation as she looks for the thrill that her "little woodenheaded b*****d" has given her with mere mortal men. Let's face it, once you've gotten it on with a doll that looks like a cross between "Lester" of Willie Tyler & Lester fame and Stevie Wonder on the HOTTER THAN JULY album cover, well, no flesh and blood piece will do (Meshach Taylor's line from MANNEQUIN comes to mind: "I would never interrupt you while you were getting a piece of wood."). Other people I know who have seen BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL have also had the same reaction: Utter hilarity! Especially at the Mr. T-sounding voice of the doll ("B----, b----, I said wake up, b----!").

If you're looking for a coherent, competent piece of cinema, you'll be disappointed by THE BLACK DEVIL DOLL. But if you're looking for something in the PLAN 9/ROBOT MONSTER ouevre, by all means, check THIS out. By the way, LOVE that cheesy organ music.


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