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While Doll Graveyard has its moments, the overall quality of the movie is far removed from Full Moon's far superior Puppet Master movies. Not helping is the clumsy pacing of the story and Band's inattention to storytelling detail. There are plenty of moments where the characters could just leave the house, but don't. Band's next project, the insane killer cookie movie The Gingerdead Man, also suffered from the exact same problems. What Band needs is a director that can inject some b-movie energy into his productions, because he doesn't seem to capable of doing so. Too bad, because the concepts are full of potential.
The disc has the usual behind the scenes documentary and a blooper real. Both are far more entertaining than the movie itself, but neither are worth the full retail price of the disc. This one is for Full Moon fanatics only.
This movie starts with a little girl playing with a bunch of dolls. She mistakenly bumps into a table and breaks a vase. Her father comes downstairs and decides to punish her by forcing her to bury her little buddies in a grave outside. She somehow trips and falls into the grave, killing herself. Dad buries the daughter with her beloved toys. Flash forward to thirty years later, a new family has moved into the house. The youngest son is a nerdy geek who likes to collect action figures. Imagine his joy at discovering a whole gaggle of antique dolls buried in his back yard! These dolls come to life and start protecting their new owner by killing everyone that ever picked on him. There are no spoilers here, I'm not giving away anything that isn't on the back of the DVD case.
Charles Band returns to what he knows best, making evil puppet horror movies. But just because this is what he knows best, doesn't mean he's any good at it. This is really just a reboot of Puppet Master and Demonic Toys with a new set of evil dolls. The production is shoddy, shot on a cheap DV camera with horrible lighting and a soundtrack that someone did on a Casio keyboard from 1982. Not to mention the fact that the puppets are the best actors in the movie.
Ever since Charles Band came out of retirement or hiding, the Blockbuster shelves have been graced with horrible Full Moon movies that are a few pegs below what they used to be. Even in his prime, Charles Band was nobody's genius, but time has definitely taken its toll. Titles like DECADENT EVIL, DOLL GRAVEYARD and THE GINGERDEAD MAN prove that you can't keep a hack director down. Band is back, folks.
Doll Graveyard is a far from perfect little horror film, but I enjoyed the heck out of it. It's really all about the dolls, man. What a quartet of doom: a Samurai warrior (with sword); a pre-WWI German soldier (with gun and really pointy helmet) I affectionately call the Kaiser; "Ooga Booga," a spear-wielding African witch doctor; and a cute little china doll with quite a mouth on her. What could inspire this motley crew of toys to animate themselves with a lust for blood, you ask? Well, how about being buried since 1911 alongside their owner, a cute little girl who more than paid the price for breaking one of daddy's vases while playing? If I were buried and forgotten for 94 years, I'd be pretty grouchy, too.
We have the deadly dolls, so all we need now are some horror film staples: hot chicks - check; a likeable geek who is always being picked on - check; jerk jocks who all but beg to be killed - check; a little blood and gore - check. There's no nudity on the part of the aforementioned hot chicks, but I guess you can't have everything. The story couldn't be any simpler, really.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it was better than anything the company has done in a long, long time. I've been a Full Moon follower for a while, and they just continue to disappoint. Read morePublished 4 months ago by westicles
Charles Band has built an empire on dolls and puppets, so when I found out he was the mastermind behind the 2005 film DOLL GRAVEYARD, I wasn’t a bit surprised. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by C. Dennis Moore
If you must have this film, you can buy it as part of Midnight Horror Collection V.2, which contains 8 crappy films. DOLL GRAVEYARD is one of them. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Thomas M. Sipos
If you like Puppetmaster type of horror movies, watch Puppetmaster. This film is fairly cut and dry. Girl and puppets buried in back yard. Puppets are dug up by boy. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by The Movie Guy
After sitting through "Blood Dolls" before this film, I figured this one couldn't possibly be as bad. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Micheal Hunt
Doll Graveyard is a decent Full Moon offering, not quite as good as Full Moon's Demonic Toys or Puppet Master. But it is better than all of the sequels to those two classics. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Ben Wasden
This movie isn't meant to be taken seriously, it's meant to be taken lightly. If you are coming for a gorefest and something that will actually scare you, this isn't the movie for... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Candice Davis