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Dolly Dearest (1991)

A toy manufacturer buys the 'Dolly Dearest' factory in Mexico, where the malevolent spirit of Sanzia, a devil child, has taken refuge in one of the porcelain dolls, and eventually takes control of his daughter.


Maria Lease


Maria Lease (story), Rod Nave (story) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Denise Crosby ... Marilyn Wade
Sam Bottoms ... Elliot Wade
Rip Torn ... Karl Resnick
Chris Demetral ... Jimmy Wade
Candace Hutson ... Jessica Wade (as Candy Hutson)
Lupe Ontiveros ... Camilla
Enrique Renaldo ... Estrella
Alma Martinez ... Alva (as Alma Martínez)
Will Gotay Will Gotay ... Luis
Rene Victor Rene Victor ... Nun at the Convent
Luis Cortez Luis Cortez ... Peter
Jaime Gomez ... Hector
Brass Adams Brass Adams ... Bob Larabe


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She walks. She talks. She kills. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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


When Jessica shows her dad which doll she wants from the shelf, her dad tears the white cloth which is over the dolls, and in a close-up the white cloth is covering the doll next to the doll he is taking down, but in the following wideshot the cloth is fully off of the doll. See more »


Marilyn: I am not losing my daughter to a God-damned, nine-hundred-year-old goat-head!
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Referenced in Danza Macabra See more »

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An underrated if somewhat predictable movie
30 March 2007 | by rwsrwsSee all my reviews

I agree with the earlier review by Richard Wheeler: if you see this as a rerun of Child's Play you are not getting the gist of the film. The story centers on a classic horror device (one that I never get tired of) of pitting different realities against one another: the extinct Sanzia reality (the devil child spirit), the Mexican Catholic reality (nuns and candles), and the modern American reality (explosions). This occurs in relation to another classic device, the possessed doll -- although in this case the dolls derive more from Curse of the Doll People than from Child's Play. The story follows fairly predictable lines (the biggest twist: no sudden twist at the end -- thankfully!) but kept me entertained throughout. I also like Rip Torn in the older roles, and Denise Crosby was good. The child actors were also not annoying (and the little girl was on occasion pretty scary). The production designer also deserves kudos for the simple but effective crypt.

My only complaint is that I could do without the animatronic doll faces, which were well enough done but not very original. Possessed dolls whose faces remain placid and serene are much scarier, plus they don't talk as much.

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Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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