PLOT: In order to escape a storm, a group of people take shelter in a mansion owned by an eccentric elderly couple with an extensive doll collection.
Similar to Scarecrows, Dolls is a fun, ridiculous movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but tells a straightforward enough story that you don’t need much more than that. Veteran horror director Stuart Gordon brings his expertise to this one, which is an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek fun ride.
The Bowers are on vacation in the countryside, as David and Rosemary are begrudgingly stuck with David’s daughter Judy. As a storm rolls in, stranding David’s car in the mud, the family is forced to seek shelter at a nearby mansion, owned by an elderly dollmaker and his wife. The elderly couple are welcoming of Judy, offering her a doll to keep her company or the night. Not far behind, a guy named Ralph also seeks asylum from the storm with a couple of hitchhikers in tow. As the night goes on, some of the inhabitants start to disappear and it might be the dolls to blame.
This is a trashy good time with some pretty decent effects. The work done to make the dolls come alive is pretty well done, which you can thank Stuart Gordon for. They aren’t wholly sophisticated, as it’s pretty much just stop-motion, but it works for the aesthetic that Gordon is going for in this one. On top of that, you get some great moments dealing with the victims of these dolls which show some decent effects too.
Got some good gore scenes. The best scene for gore, though, is a fantasy sequence in which Judy’s teddy bear comes to life and mauls her dad and stepmom. We also get some crazy scenes of people transforming into dolls and the dolls brutally beating some people. It’s actually surprisingly violent for a movie about killer dolls.
Gore Rating: 3 out of 5
The dolls are creepy, but they aren’t THAT creepy. The transformation scene is pretty cool though and pretty well done. I’ll give it points for that.
Scare Rating: 2 out of 5
Nope. No nudity.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 0 out of 5
Another fun 80s movie, and this one by a horror legend no less. This one is a tick above Scarecrows, but kind of inhabits the same type of world and ticks the same boxes. If you’re looking for something that tells an uncomplicated story, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and gets in and out in under 90 minutes, this is a good one to watch.