Horror maestro Stuart Gordon works his magic once again in DOLLS, a clever horror film that combines chills, frights, and laughs in ample doses. The plot revolves around one little girl (Carrie Lorraine) who is trapped in an old mansion with her nasty parents. The mansion is owned by an old toymaker who has a vast collection of dolls he crafted over the years. The dolls look harmless enough, but nothing could be further from the truth. As the night passes, terrible things begin to happen, and it soon becomes clear that the dolls are responsible. Filled with plenty of great special effects, good acting, and clever writing, DOLLS is an effective exercise in horror. Like its sister film PUPPET MASTER, DOLLS manages to make cute, seemingly inanimate dolls menacing and scary. Lorraine is wonderul as the nice little girl with the evil stepmother and weak father who has her own fantasies about dolls enacting their revenge on bad people. Once again Gordon creates a fun tale with his exacting blend of horror and laughs.
Guy Rolfe - British Character Actor
Mac Ahlberg - Director Of Photography/Director
Hilary Mason - Actress/"Dolls"
Cassie Stuart - British TV Actress
Stuart Gordon - Director/Screenwriter
Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc. - Special effects
Brian Yuzna - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Ian Patrick Williams
Caught in a violent thunderstorm, a group of travelers take refuge in a mysterious Gothic mansion inhabited by thousands of handmade dolls. Sure, they're cute, but when the lights go out, the dolls come to life for a murderous rampage.
Theatrical release: March 1987. David Allen created the stop-motion effects that make the dolls seem to be alive. Stuart Gordon said that he wanted DOLLS to be a reaffirmation of the usefulness of scary fairy tales.
"...When the scares come, they have a measured playfulness. This is a campfire sort of horror story....DOLLS is still one of the most ingenious, amusing and oddly affectionate horror movies of the year..." - 05/22/1987 Los Angeles Times, p.C6