Watch: Dolls 1986 123movies, Full Movie Online – Five adults and a child (two parties traveling separately) are stranded in a storm and spend the night in the mansion of an elderly couple who are dollmakers. However, the travelers’ young daughter realizes the dolls the couple makes were once wicked humans whom the couple has miniaturized and turned into dolls..
Plot: 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.
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|6.3/10 Votes: 11,533|
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|N/A Votes: 265 Popularity: 7.86 | TMDB|
This was a really effective chiller. Nicely intermingles the right amounts of both comedy and magic to create an eerie and surreal atmosphere all of its own, quite the same way as the first ‘Phantasm’ film does, if that makes any sense. Great ending, too.
Atmospheric lil horror film that maintains its menace despite some comedy acting. Typical of Stuart Gordon in that sense I guess. This tells of the importance of childhood wonder, like many other films, but does it via a cautionary-like tale filled with some primitive justice. The dolls look really creepy, as does the mansion that sets the scene for the whole film and the music fits perfectly. The atmosphere really is spot on most of the time. I especially liked the opening credits and how they set the tone. Very cool film.
Under-appreciated gem from director Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Ed Naha, who in a previous incarnation wrote film review books such as ‘Horrors – From Screen To Scream’. Ed may have learned a thing or two from the turkeys he encountered in his reviewing days because his script for “Dolls” is rich in homage and character. The film borrows its structure from “The Old Dark House” and realizes its ambitions with a cast and crew of highly talented individuals.
Gordon, who directed the entertaining “Re-animator” and perverse “From Beyond” brings a deliciously eerie and playful tone to this novel story of a group of adults who are sentenced to death for losing the child-like aspects of their personalities. The “dolls” of the title are the executioners and they love their bloody work, which is depicted in fine, crimson detail.
The special effects sequences featuring the dolls are realized with stop motion animation and puppetry. For the most part, they are extraordinarily convincing. A scene in which various doll characters huddle together to discreetly discuss the fate of a human character is priceless.
Mac Ahlberg’s cinematography is moody and beautiful, perfectly capturing a toyland ambiance within a house of horror; and Lee Percy, who cut the Americanization of the “Baby Cart” films, “Shogun Assassin”, delivers another tight, intuitive piece of work here.
Hats must come off to Gordon for the casting of Mr. Sardonicus himself, Guy Rolfe, as Gabriel Hartwicke, the eccentric, twisted toymaker and owner of the film’s pivotal location where the nasty events transpire.
Producer Charles Band has made dozens of horror films, but none are as classy as the three above that he made with the talented Stuart Gordon.
Short but sweet
It’s barely 70 minutes with a wafer thin story but there are some genuinely creepy moments, a bit of good gore, and a kind of fairly tale weirdness to it that all work well. Simple but effective.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 17 min (77 min)
Director Stuart Gordon
Writer Ed Naha
Actors Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine
Country United States, Italy
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Ultra Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm