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The Dummy (2000)

Video  |   |  Horror  |  24 October 2000 (USA)
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A ventriloquist's dummy with a mind of it's own can't resist it's homicidal impulses and cuts a bloody swath through a peaceful suburb.



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Cast overview:
Keith Singleton ...
Paul Chandler
Donna Jordan
Ann Meyers (as Jocelyn Dondeville)
Alexis Weimer ...
Kiki Sevadjian ...
Dimitri Farnsworth
Dr. George Meyers
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Paul's mom


A ventriloquist's dummy with a mind of it's own can't resist it's homicidal impulses and cuts a bloody swath through a peaceful suburb.

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$300,000 (estimated)

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The ventriloquist's dummy, Tommy, has also a credit in the cast list as "Tommy - Himself". See more »


I'm Your Puppet
Written by Oldham / Penn
Performed by James and Bobby Purify
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Profoundly bad almost on all levels
27 January 2003 | by ((EU)) – See all my reviews

What a disaster! The Dummy must be one of the worst films I've ever seen, all genres included. There's no suspense, no plot, no class, no idea whatsoever... The acting is very bad, which points to two directions. The cast is either put together of a bunch of amateurs or there's a total lack of direction. The budget obviously makes the first assumption a plausible one - but direction is still awful.

My guess is that they have made up the most of the story as they went, otherwise it is hard to explain all the continuity problems and the whole mess this film is. You really don't start to care about the characters. The film does have a 'script' but this formula has been used so many times that since they add nothing original to it, no surprise twists or anything, the movie is a total bore.

Cinematography is generally very shaky. Sometimes they have tried to use some odd angles but that approach does not deliver. But I'd say it is more the editing, not the cinematography itself that causes it. Lightning is bad, colors are washed out and hardly on purpose. The special effects do not fail, because there aren't any. Which of course is a bad thing in a horror(?) film, even though this film never promises to be one - except in the poster! The ending is a letdown regardless of what way you want to see the movie.

The only interesting thing, as pointed out in other reviews as well, is a longish and completely gratuitous nude scene by the leading actress. It keeps an average (male) viewer interested - but not for long. Also the other risqué scenes of the film are so totally not on a par with this scene that it is even harder to understand the motive to include this one. Though the leading lady has a long list of credits and even some in the U.S. her acting too is terrible at times. On the other hand she's quite easy on the eye, unlike anything else in this movie.

A word of warning: If you are planning to see this, you first seriously need to consider if there could be better ways to spend 90 minutes of your life...

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