THE PLOT THUS FAR
They’re cute, they’re cuddly…and they kill! From horror director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), producer Brian Yuzna (Society) and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll) comes this ’fiendish nightmare’ (The Hollywood Reporter) that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun, resulting in ’a bloody bonbon you chew with relish’ (Los Angeles Times)!
A precocious girl, her nasty parents, two punk-rock losers and a weak-kneed salesman inadvertently become the guests of two ghoulish senior citizens in their dark, haunted mansion. The old couple makes and collects dolls that, when not sitting still like good little mannequins, creep around in the night, offing the guests one by one! You may laugh at first, but if they turn on you, you’ll regret it…for the rest of your short life! Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Stephen Lee (Robocop 2) and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) star in this bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun and fantastic effects in equal measure.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Dolls” is a film that plays as this weird predecessor for what came next. “Dolls” ran into weird issues during its Italian production, but it did beat “Child’s Play” to theaters by almost a year. But, it also helped Band to get started on the Puppet Master movies. Hell, I could’ve swore that I saw a lot of the cast in this movie. That being said, I hang more in the “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond” crowd, so this took a lot out of me. That being said, I do appreciate a ton of the killer gore and creative setups.
Killer dolls are now a staple of modern horror. I guess no one remembers the Zuni Doll, but he didn’t get a legit theatrical release. That being said, I enjoy that the film presents the killer dolls en masse. One or two aren’t crap and they should be destroyed easily. But, a hardcore collection is probably going to murder you and eat your eyeballs. Terror in numbers is a real thing. But, the later Child’s Play movies had humor until they tried rebooting it.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentaries, featurettes, comparison reels, trailers and more as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a Charles Band production. The 1080p transfer stands among the best that I’ve seen for this film. Plus, the DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track is appropriate for the era. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/04/2014