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Old 09-24-17, 11:46 PM   #1
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"Dolls" Reviews/Discussion - 2017 Horror Challenge





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Old 10-04-17, 08:47 AM   #2
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Re: "Dolls" Reviews/Discussion - 2017 Horror Challenge

Dolls is free to watch at Vudu (with ads).

https://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/140697/Dolls
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Re: "Dolls" Reviews/Discussion - 2017 Horror Challenge

Dolls is on sale today at Vudu for $6.99 (HDX).

https://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/140697/Dolls
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Re: "Dolls" Reviews/Discussion - 2017 Horror Challenge

"“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.” --Oscar Wilde

One of the things I enjoy about Dolls is that it's an old-fashioned morality tale. The people who get turned into dolls deserve their fates, and the innocent escape. Guy Rolfe, who plays the dollmaker, also played Toulon in Puppet Master 3-5, and was the unfortunate protagonist in William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus.
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Re: "Dolls" Reviews/Discussion - 2017 Horror Challenge

This one brings back memories. It used to air all the time on cable back in the day. I think TBS, maybe TNT, maybe both. It always used to suck me in whenever it was on. I hadn't revisited it in years, so it was fun to watch it again after so long (and now on Blu-ray). I was pleased that the movie seems to have held up really well. I'm sure much of that could have to do with the fact that it is essentially an old-fashioned morality tale, as Gobear pointed out. The doll designs are cool, and some are genuinely creepy.
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I especially like Dolls, this is at least the third time I've seen it and it holds up. The only flaw is how nonchalantly the ending is handled - 'hey your dad totally abandoned you, but cheers he left you money for a plane ticket.' GoBear nailed it about how well it works as a morality tale and it's brilliant that the dad is part of the 'bad people' getting their comeuppance although most of the characters are too one dimensional bad (especially the stepmon).

The pacing on Dolls is expert with so little being revealed for much of the run time using atmosphere hinting at more going on. The musical score is especially effective and the old couple are well acted.

I love the mutant teddy bear segment at the beginning, it's interesting that the mostly unrelated teddy segment is one of the most explicit.
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