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Dolly Dearest (1991)

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:
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 has a life of her own. Now she wants yours. See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boneca Diabólica See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is often considered a clone of Child's Play (1988), both being part of the "killer doll" genre. Ed Gale played the part of the possessed doll in both movies. See more »


It's clearly a stuntman wearing a wig, and not Sam Bottoms, who tumbles over the hill as the factory explodes. 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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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Hi, my name is Dolly and I'm a pathetic Chucky rip-off.
22 March 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Following in the tiny (and lucrative) footsteps of killer doll hit Child's Play (1988), Dolly Dearest sees the spirit of a murderous Mayan demon freed from an ancient Mexican tomb to possess the dolls in the factory recently purchased by American family, The Wades (Sam Bottoms, Denise Crosby, Chris Demetral and Candy Hutson). But where Chucky, the diminutive star of Child's Play, was a brilliantly expressive creation designed by FX genius Kevin Yagher and voiced by the very talented Brad Dourif, 'Dolly' is just dull, a forgettable lump of plastic with zero personality.

Furthermore, the script for Dolly Dearest is extremely derivative, not just content with ripping off Child's Play, but several other horror classics as well (there are shades of The Omen, The Exorcist and Poltergeist); the direction is also uninspired, leaving the reasonable cast struggling against the odds to make matters entertaining. The film might have proved more bearable with more and much gorier death scenes, but all we get are a bloodless electrocution and a guy having a heart attack (having had his hand pushed into a sewing machine). Oh, and the only half decent scares are courtesy of a stray cat that makes a habit of leaping out from behind the boxes in the factory.

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