Dolls (1987) - Horror

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A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers and their haunted collection of dolls.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
Length: 77 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 9 out of 117 found boring (7.69%)

One-line Reviews (65)

It's an entertaining horror film which I won't give many details about because it will spoil it.

The people who will say "this film sucks" are those who expect CGI quality in all old films, or expect all enjoyable films to cost 100 million to produce.

Some pretty good acting helps the slower spots--Purdy-Gordon is excellent in her role and Rolfe and Mason wisely underplay their roles.

This is one of the best pictures made by his director, letting apart the excellent"Reanimator", it has a creepy atmosphere and it seemed to me much more entertaining that those movies from "Puppet master" series.

I give this film 10/10, it's fantastic and highly entertaining, and it's one of those movies you can watch over and over again and never get bored with, in my opinion this is the best killer doll horror movie that was ever made, even superior to "Childs Play" and "Puppet Master".

Not as good as "Re-Animator" or "From Beyond",but still pretty enjoyable.

Entertaining Little Horror .

It is somewhat predictable and in some ways almost like watching a horror movie for a younger audience (even though with an R rating it is intended for adults).

At last a movie about killer dolls that goes deeper than the typical boring slasher like Child's Play.

Dolls is a very entertaining horror movie.

Much more entertaining than Puppetmaster (1989), which also starred Guy Rolfe as the maker of killer toys, this film is a must for all fans of the deadly doll sub-genre.

Now one by one, these strangers are about to meet their unexpected faith.

Slow, mysterious deaths and unmasking that there is something much darker going on then just some violent toys.

Even though this is an older, cheesy movie with some dated effects, it's still enjoyable.

Sadly the appealing concept behind the dolls is quite bare and definitely could have been expanded on, since the film only goes for about 80 minutes and to where it's heading with all of this is quite a predictable revelation.

Stuart Gordon, the man behind this film tried to put you on the edge of your sit… (emphasis on the word tried); there were scenes where we get to see side glances from the toys as they sat on their shelves (smh).

"Dolls" is an enjoyable horror film made by Stuart Gordon("Castle Freak","Re-Animator").

Instead it is a very fun and entertaining film.

These people are merely confusing quantity with quality.

The fat guy was also boring and most of his antics failed.

All in all, this is a good old fashioned horror flick that while it has its flaws, its still highly enjoyable.

The special stop-motion effects are stunning.

But, the overall film was quite enjoyable...

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.

Simply put: it is a well made, entertaining horror movie.

"Dolls" is a highly entertaining horror movie directed by Stuart Gordon.

It's really cheesy, the acting kinda sucks, but at the same time, it's really entertaining and it will keep you interested until the end of it.

This here was quite the fun and enjoyable killer doll effort.

But the movie is extremely predictable, from what the dolls will do to who will survive the night.

No, a touching and entertaining little story that comes with a valuable lesson...

Silly, but enjoyable horror fairytale .

Add to that several interesting characters(creepy old doll maker, cute little girl, thirty something kid at heart, overbearing parents, and my personal favorite, the two thieving punk rocker girls), cheesy dialogue and corny plot line(dolls waking up at night and killing all very violently, with the exception of the innocent and young at heart), dark atmosphere, a few moments to truly creep you out, spooky theme music, and some very entertaining stop motion animation and that's a great movie.

So, if you are a fan, give this a chance, very entertaining, really.

Generally entertaining .

One track is with the cast, including the young child in the film, about 25 years contributing her fond memories with an unexpected glee.

Even though still the movie is only an hour and ten still dragged on at times.

But, more often than not, I was bored...

The acting is surprisingly strong, with Gordon managing to extract effective nuance from his small cast of characters, with the late Stephen Lee and the entertaining duo of Bunty Bailey and Cassie Stuart emerging as standouts.

" The third offering from Stuart Gordon, "Dolls" is a low-key yet supremely entertaining comedown, following the director's more high- concept and out-there offerings, "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond.

Which some of the characters were one-dimensional and poorly written, the story itself is quite compelling and the special effects really neat for 1987.

Well worth seeing and enjoyable if you don't mind the gore and can look past the occasional writing lapses.

Sort of a horror / fairy tale, DOLLS is enjoyable throughout its short running time...

Could've been a little longer though, but overall enjoyable '80s horror that is worth taking a look at.

Enjoyable pre-Puppet Master fun from Stuart Gordon.

But it's enjoyable while it lasts and competently made.

Think of every possible horror cliché and you might find it here.

Directed by Staurt Gordon (Edmond, Fortress, Stuck) made an lively entertaining horror/thriller with plenty of moments of black comedy.

Stuart Gordon must have been bored with HP Lovecraft films by 1987, and so he directed this bizarre little film.

I highly recommend those two films as the two of the most imaginative and entertaining horror movies of the last twenty years.

After the brief interesting introduction the film begin to lose it's grasp and bores us with predictability and nerve testing characters.

The girls are so obnoxious, and Judy's abusive parents are so despicable, as they accuse Ralph of being a child molester, that the film gets boring as it focuses on the dolls picking them off one by one.

I thought this a pretty entertaining film, one that plays out like a fairy tale, complete with a moral element (never lose touch with your inner child).

The Dolls was truly an enjoyable little horror film which never got the recognition it deserved unlike the evil Chucky from the Childs Play movies.

Instead of being gory and scary the film is a lot of fun and very entertaining and has an interesting little story and the film should appeal to horror fans and even some non horror fans just because of it's nice light entertainment.

Entertaining and good on several levels .

The picture packs suspenseful horror, thrills, chills, graphic violence tongue-in cheek and grisly killings.

I found it on DVD a few years back in a used movie store, bought it, and found I still enjoyed it.

Ralph followed the blood-trail to the attic, but missed Isabel's body which was locked into a torture chair.

There are a couple of very intense scenes, especially one with a teddy bear.

This entertaining horror/black comedy has some enjoyment.

The only other main thing about the film is that it takes far too long in setting everything up that it then has to rush everything to get it completed.

Some bad things I must say is that it had a bumpy start, a C+ start that was kinda slow and not very hooking, aside from the bear scene.

They are both very entertaining as well.

All in all, worth watching if you're into some 80s camp.

One or two sequences were quite good but overall the movie was mediocre with an uninteresting cast (I see neither Jeffrey Combs or Barbara Crampton were involved - I don't blame them).