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Dolls (2019)

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A struggling children's book author and his rebellious teenage daughter move into a house they've inherited and find mysterious dolls in the attic. The father and daughter soon learn that the dolls have a sinister - and deadly - past.


Cuyle Carvin


Justin Hawkins (screenplay), Josh Hawkins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »



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Credited cast:
Thomas Downey ... Robert Holbrook
Dee Wallace ... Margaret
Trinity Simspon ... Sammey Holbrook (as Trinity Simpson)
Bret Green ... James
Elise Muller ... Lynn
Melinda DeKay ... Edna
Robert R. Ryel ... Henry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cuyle Carvin ... Mystery PhD
Scott Anthony Gould ... Dolls (voice)
Justin Hawkins Justin Hawkins ... Psych Ward Orderly
Robert Michael Ryan ... Orderly


A struggling children's book author and his rebellious teenage daughter move into a house they've inherited and find mysterious dolls in the attic. The father and daughter soon learn that the dolls have a sinister - and deadly - past.

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Dolls of death
4 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The cover looked very cool and freaky and the idea was a pretty decent one. Dee Wallace is a more than capable actress who keeps landing in mediocre or worse projects that she is better than. The idea was not an original one but the potential for it to work was there, because with the right resources 'Dolls' could have been agreeably creepy. Have made it clear in the past that there is appreciation for and not bias against the horror genre.

'Dolls' just fails to deliver. Wallace and an eerie setting keep it from being something without redeeming features, other than that it is a mess. It is the complete opposite of what the cover promised, being dull and cheap rather than freaky and any coolness is restricted solely to the cover. There is just very little to the film in atmosphere or in how the content is executed, instead of at least decent execution of an unoriginal but still intriguing idea, 'Dolls' is just so routine and with little momentum.

Wallace and the setting are the only good things.

Everything else in 'Dolls' however is a mess. There is nothing remotely unsettling about the dolls, the only scary thing about them is their lack of expression and they are used poorly, underused and when featured they don't really do much if anything. Didn't really get much horror, both in that there is too little of it and what there is is executed with no suspense or even with much effort or attempt to do anything fresh (very seen it all before). The far too thin story, which felt like a thinly plotted short film stretched with a lot of padding and non-stop sluggishness to feature film, and deadeningly dull pace drag 'Dolls' down significantly. In fact, they single-handedly spoil the film.

Furthermore, the script sounds very tired and cheesy, a big problem when there is far too much dialogue that makes many scenes drag, and the characters are both bland and annoying, motivations being poorly explored or not ringing true (both even). Other than Wallace, the cast fail to do anything with what they are given and seem stifled.

All in all, weak. 2/10

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