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Dolls (2019)

Dolls. Man, who needs ‘em. My mother has an entire room devoted to these spine-chilling killers. I won’t set foot in it; those dolls and all their eyes ARE watching you. It is as if they are INSIDE the walls of the room. My god, so many dolls. They give me chills just thinking about them. 

"With a high death count, these dolls mean business and give us a rather unshakeable ending, too"

Hollywood, from Slappy to Benson in Toy Story 4 and beyond, loves to scare our pants off with merely the sight of these porcelain devils.  Annabelle.  Child’s Play.  The Boy.  Trilogy of Terror.  Puppet Master.  Demonic Toys.  You name it and there is certainly a SCREAM for these friggin’ dolls.  Why?  Because these spooky toys DO creep us the fuck out.  And, yeah, they are eerie as hell . . . but when you start placing a location for these dolls – like, say, Attic Dolls, well, you bring that fear to a whole new level.

Which is EXACTLY what Dolls, releasing on July 2nd from Uncork'd Entertainment, does.  With a memorable performance from Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo, The Howling) as a neighbor with more than a clue to how deadly these dolls are, this supernatural chiller is a first-time feature film for its director, Cuyle Carvin, who – rather smartly – delivers the chills and blood spills with a stunner of an opening sequence that STILL haunts me.

The poor bastard who answers the door when the dolls come whispering and walking toward him never had a chance.  Those three dolls.  Ugh.  They watch and they wait and then they attack.  And it is a deadly affair.  From red glowing eyes to rotating heads, once you see these porcelain bastards, well, it is way too late to run away and hide. 

From that opening, we jump into a desperate situation where a children’s book author, with problems of his own, and his wild daughter move into a house that contains ATTIC DOLLS!  And these dolls have a history and a disturbing past that is soon enough responsible for a whole hell of a lot of trouble for the estranged family. 

Written by Justin and Josh Hawkins and, with story input from Jeff Miller (The Toybox), Dolls explores a lot of frightening images as doors open by themselves and children’s voices are heard – “Let’s Play!” – right before baths are ruined and knives are stabbed down and down repeatedly.  With a high death count, these dolls mean business and give us a rather unshakeable ending, too.Dolls (2019)

Along with Wallace, the film stars Tom Downey, newcomer Trinity Simpson, Bret Green, Elise Muller, Melinda deKay, and Robert R. Ryel as they all face a reality that puts forth the fact of dolls as more than just fear-inducing; they inhabit souls.  A stunning set of compositions from Holly Amber Church makes this score work, too, causing this thriller to be a fast favorite of mine.

Uncork'd Entertainment is handling worldwide distribution on Dolls, which begins on July 2nd.  Go ahead.  Try to keep them away from you!

4/5 stars

Dolls (2019)


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Dolls (2019)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.

: Cuyle Carvin
Justin Hawkins, Josh Hawkins
Thomas Downey, Dee Wallace, Trinity Simpson
: Horror | Thriller
When You Look Away They Play.
Memorable Movie Quote: "You can't hide from the attic dolls."
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Uncork'd Entertainment
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July 2, 2019
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Synopsis: DOLLS concerns a struggling children's book author and his rebellious teenage daughter who move into a house they've inherited and find mysterious dolls in the attic. They soon learn that the dolls have a sinister -- and deadly -- past.

Dolls (2019)

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