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The Video Vacuum

DOLLS (1987) ****

Some would consider this film a step backwards for director Stuart Gordon after his over the top classics Re-Animator and From Beyond, but I still like it a lot. It’s not nearly as manic and gory as those two films but it’s still a lot of fun. Six strangers get stuck in a thunderstorm and become stranded in doll maker Guy Rolfe’s house. During the night his dolls come to life and kill the immoral houseguests. Rolfe then turns his victims into dolls. The best scene has a teddy bear coming to life and ripping Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (the director’s wife) apart. It’s just a fantasy scene but it still packs a wallop. Stephen Lee is also great as the cowardly wisecracking hero. Producer Charles Band pretty much ran this same concept into the ground with his Puppet Master series. Screenwriter Ed Naha also wrote Troll and was briefly the editor for Fangoria magazine.
Tags: d, horror
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