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Dolls (1987)

by  |  September 20th, 2011  |  Horror

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” height=”400″ />Being a fan of horror movies for as long as I have, there are not many horror movies that actually scare me anymore, that wasn’t always true though, when I was a kid their was a select few movies that scared the hell out of me…

There were a few of the more well known horror movies that scared the hell out of me. An example of this is that after watching A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987), I had nightmares for about a week that had to do with the second dream sequence that Kristen Parker (Played by: Patricia Arquette) was in that involved her mother and Freddy…

Another example of a good fun scary horror movie that terrified the hell out of me when I was a kid, is the movie, Dolls (1987)…

Written by: Ed Naha (Honey I Shrunk The Kids) and Directed by: Stuart Gordon (Daughter Of Darkness). Starring: Ian Patrick Williams (Freddy’s Nightmares), Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (Robot Jox), Carrie Lorraine (Alf), Guy Rolfe (Crossbow), Hilary Mason (Executive Stress), Bunty Bailey (Rock And The Money-Hungry Party Girls), Cassie Stuart (Amadeus) and Stephen Lee (The West Wing).

You know how horror stories can some times start off with, “On a dark and stormy night”? Well this is no joke when I say that this movie literally does start on ‘A dark and stormy night.’

You see this movie starts off with the Bower family… Now the Bower’s, David (Williams) and his wife Rosemary are a rich prissy snooty rich couple, who due to David’s divorce from his first wife ends up being forced to take his daughter, Judy for the summers… So off they all go for a vacation out in the countryside…

The Bower’s vacation ends up taking a slight detour though you see when during a dark and stormy night, their car ends up getting trapped in a puddle and can’t get it out. Well as luck would have it (or as they all 3 begrudgingly think so initially), the puddle happens to be at the bottom of a dirt driveway to an old and decript mansion…

Once they get up to the house and manage to break in to the old place, they are confronted by an old couple by the names of Gabriel (Rolfe) and Hilary (Mason) Hartwicke, who offer the family both food and shelter for the night due to the storm.

Guy Rolfe (As Gabriel Hartwicke) and Hilary Mason (As Hilary Hartwicke) in, 'Dolls'

Now before I continue I should probably mention that Gabriel is a doll maker and so while Gabriel and Hilary are leading the Bowers through the house, Judy is tripping out with excitement at all the dolls that seemed to be in all of the rooms (this is due in part to Rosemary having tossed Judy’s teddy bear in to the bushes.)

Now with that said, while the Bower’s are eating, in bursts, Enid (Stuart) and Isabel (Baily) and Ralph (Lee), who like the Bowers got stuck in the rain, and decided to seek shelter in the big old house!

Now before I go on I should probably mention the fact that both Enid and Isabel are two girls that are hitch hiking their way and robbing people as they move along…

With that said, after everyone is shown to their rooms, Enid and Isabel (despite some trepidation from Isabel) decide to rob the old couple of some of the valuables in that old place…

The results of robbing the place...

Now as Isabel is moving from room to room, trying to find some valuables to steal, she comes upon a room that is filled with all sorts of antiques, and starts loading up her bag with the antiques… Now at first while this is happening, nothing really seems to be out of the ordinary, but that all begins to change when she notices that a music box that is hanging on the mantle keeps opening up…

Now as the weird stuff begins to happen, she ultimately ends up being attacked and as she is trying to escape, she finds Judy who decides to try and help her escape (despite the fact that it is obviously to late for ole Isabel…)

With that said, with an attacker in this strange and creepy house, that is run by this strange and creepy old couple, it will be up to these people to survive the night from the least likely of attackers!

Shot by firing squad...

Now what I like about this movie and what I truly do think makes this an Awesome B Movie is a couple of things:

1. I liked watching this movie with fresh eyes, because I can now say that I got over my fear of this movie, and that I can actually now say that it is just a classic cheesy fun horror movie!

2. The next thing that I wanted to say that I really like about this movie is Stephen Lee… I mean this guy is one of the un-sung heroes of both the B-Movie and more mainstream worlds! With such credits under his belt as The Negotiator (1998), Dark Angel (2000) and Burlesque (2010).

3. I also thought that this was interesting… From doing some research on this movie, it turns out that at one point Stuart Gordon hads planned on doing a sequel to this movie (Unfortunately at this point in time there is no sequel for the movie.)

With that said folks, if your looking for a fun good horror movie that will make you look twice at the next time you see a toy… Then I highly recommend this one, it is a fun one!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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