The first movie I saw that featured a scary doll was Child’s Play. But apparently the idea of killer dolls hasn’t been something that the late 80’s produced as we saw cinema tackle the idea that toys could be very evil long before this decadent horror decade.
The movie Dolls features an easy premise, with great effects, and moving images, although campy at times.
People that are driving cross country get stranded near an old home, and when they stay the night, because of no other recourse they start disappearing. The house is old, and inside lives two elderly people, one whom is a doll maker, and the house is filled with dolls.
Meanwhile, we are presented with several archetype characters, from the mean spirited parents, to the young at heart single dude, as well as some punk rockers for good measure.
The dolls attack those that are mean and rude, but seem to leave children and young at heart adults alone.
The movie is short, and sweet, but the killings are really cool.
The effects on the dolls are really a testament to good movie making.
I know what you’re thinking, why not just stomp out the dolls when they attack?
They do! The victims go to town trying to kill off the dolls before things get really bad, but they are simply out numbered. The dolls get defaced and once their outer shell cracks, a truly evil thing happens; you realize that the dolls aren’t just plastic, they are flesh and bone, as the adults are being converted into the very things.
The creepy factor is at an all time high in this 80’s horror film, with no major nudity, no major cussing, and all out mystery and thrills. This film is like an episode of Gooesbumps, rather than anything really horrific, and while most people are quick to dismiss the mediocre plotting, I think it’s a really interesting premise and film. It’s not perfect, by any means, but it has enough of a horror element to please most crowds.