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Dolls (1987)


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Young Judy Bower (Carrie Lorraine) is spending the summer with her stupid, abusive father, David (Ian Williams), and nasty stepmother, Rosemary (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon). On a dark and stormy night, their car breaks down on a lonely road in the woods and they are forced to seek shelter. As they walk, Rosemary throws Judy's beloved teddy bear into the woods, and the imaginative child envisions it coming to life as a great fanged beast which slaughters her tormentors. The idea of loyal toys



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Sep 20, 2005

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At some point Dolls remains only an idea, a concept. It doesn't become an engine to shock and involve us.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Dolls is as warm and sincere as it is dastardly and spooky.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source:

Feels like it was made by a trio of monkeys with a $20 budget.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Odd, sadly overlooked little horror film from Stuart Gordon. A kind of variant on The Old Dark House.

August 27, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Cheesy horror B-movie with a surprisingly clever script, more than a few laughs, and creepy moments.

March 19, 2003

So-so effort from creepmesiter Stuart Gordon.

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Dolls

Yep found another doll film but this time from Bands Empire film company and not directed by the man himself. Surprisingly this doll flick is different from all the rest with its plot, this time its very much like a fairytale or even a Stephen King story. An old couple that make dolls in a big mansion in the middle of nowhere take in lost or stranded folk and shrink them down turning them into dolls depending on the persons character, if they're good or bad.

So a slightly different spin with this film which is nice and gives it a fresher feel. The dolls are not weird looking killers either they are just normal looking old fashioned toy dolls from various periods, almost 'Pinocchio-like' in design style and feel.

Cast is good in this too with the old couple being especially well performed, no one really well known but they all play their parts well enough too make the film seem much better than you'd expect. In fact the whole film looks good with decent well lit sets, dark hallways, plenty of shadows and the classic thunder and lightning gimmick, all giving the right atmospheric glow.

Not really scary, the film has more of a 'Scooby Doo' creepy feel to it. Just right as its obviously hard to make killer dolls like this come across as genuinely scary.
March 25, 2014

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I'm a big Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna fan. Their films are often described as b-movies, and I guess they are but I think they're also much more than that. The only thing 'b-movie' about Dolls is the acting. It's just low budget. The idea is great, cheesy for sure but the idea that instead of the Dolls merely killing people like in every other 'killer Doll' film, they turn into the Dolls themselves which is far more creepy and visually effective. Like with most Gordon/Yuzna films, there is a lot of symbolism and Lovecraft inspiration but also of their own incredible individuality. The horror genre is nothing without them.
March 7, 2014

Super Reviewer

One of the better killer doll films, Dolls is a good film that relies on old ideas, but nonetheless work well due to great effects, creepy atmosphere and Guy Rolfe's performance. Add to that some very impressive special effects. Although nothing really new, this is a fun little film that generates some good scares. Of all the doll films I've seen, this film along with Tourist Trap are the best I've seen. The performances are questionable; however Guy Rolfe himself makes this film worth seeing. The film has its faults, but for the most part, it succeeds at delivering good enough scares to entertain any horror fan. The film's strength lies in Stuart Gordon effective directing. Even with the fact that this film is nothing new, it's still is very entertaining and lots of fun from start to finish. The film has its flaws, but it manages to one of those underrated, often overlooked gems of 80's horror. The film is silly at times, but there's enough going on-on screen to make this film standout. Stuart Gordon has made something very different from his previous work, Re-Animator, and he shows off his skills as a well rounded horror director that delivers one of the definitive killer doll flicks. The ideas are nothing new, but it still manages to be eerie, creepy and humorous at times. I really enjoyed this film, and I think it's a fine departure from Stuart Gordon's previous work.
July 21, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Oh who doesn't love a good horror flick about evil dolls?! Really the dolls helped get rid of the evil in this old bed and breakfast.. it's so creepy and classic.
April 4, 2011

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