Stuart Gordon's Dolls is a huge departure for the filmmaker. A cheesy horror B-movie with a surprisingly clever script, more than a few laughs, and creepy moments. The silly concept (killer dolls!) manages to work because the special effects are so solid. The special effects with the dolls adds quite a bit to the believability and overall creepiness of the story. They are not done with CG, and even composite shots are kept to a bare minimum. The majority of scenes are done with precise and well shot stop motion. The few death scenes, while not being hardly at all bloody, are still fun. Dolls is a spooky haunted house film, more in the vein of a Hammer flick or one of Corman's Poe productions, and that's one of this underrated little flick's strengths. A serious-minded, lovingly-crafted modern fairy tale that only misses classic status by a few clumsy, low-budget moments. Dolls is a silly film, with impressive special effects for its budget that make up for the generally low standard of acting. It's also got a charming little musical score by the fantastically named Fuzzbee Morse. All in all, though, Dolls is an immensely enjoyable piece of 80s goodness and a great entry to the killer doll canon of films.
VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)