Dolls

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Released 1987

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Dolls

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Director:
Stuart Gordon
Released:
1987
Rating:
R
Dolls is the 1987 cult horror favorite directed by genre legend Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, Fortress, Robot Jox, The Pit and the Pendulum) and prolific producer Charles Band (Puppet Master series). The story sees six travelers, trapped by a storm, happen upon a remote house in the woods owned by elderly toy-makers Gabriel (Guy Rolfe, Puppet Master III) and Hilary Hartwicke (Hilary Mason, Don't Look Now). After accepting an invitation to stay the night, the visitors'7 year old Judy (Carrie Lorraine, Poltergeist II), her nasty father (Ian Patrick Williams, King of the Ants, Re-Animator) and stepmother (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, From Beyond), nice guy Ralph (Stephen Lee, The Negotiator, Robocop 2), and a pair of slutty, Madonna wannabe hitchhikers Enid (Cassie Stuart) and Isabel (Bunty Bailey)'are shown to their rooms, but find their rest disturbed by the Hartwicke's dolls, who come to life at night to punish the wicked.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    With some staggeringly beautiful photography of cherry blossoms and scarlet autumn leaves, Dolls is so enthralled with its own cinematography that it can't bear to edit itself, and...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The movie's pace is appropriate to its mood, which is crisp, melancholy and gently cruel.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    Despite an excessively meandering final act, the drama's three intertwined stories have a cumulative impact, their affecting sadness matched by meticulously composed visual poetry.

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    Horror, Suspense

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    Cult, Creatures & Monsters, B-Movie Horror, Supernatural, Monsters & Mutants