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Dolly Dearest

3.3 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews

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An archaeologist tries to save the owners of a Mexican doll factory from their new doll's ancient curse.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Denise Crosby, Sam Bottoms, Rip Torn, Chris Demetral, Candace Hutson
  • Directors: Maria Lease
  • Writers: Maria Lease, Peter Sutcliffe, Rod Nave
  • Producers: Channon Scot, Daniel Cady, Paul Aguilar, Pierre David
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T20S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dolly Dearest" on IMDb

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By Daniel W. Kelly VINE VOICE on September 27, 2005
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Where as Chucky ended up being more of a comic hero, Dolly Dearest is downright evil. With a hint of "the Exorcist" posession thrown in, she's quite the satanic doll, making this a much darker movie than even the first Child's Play. Not to mention there's just something about little girl dolls that is much more freaky than little boy dolls. Another bonus of this movie is that it stars the actress who played the mother in Pet Semetary.

Chucky definitely married the wrong doll....

I just wish the DVD had gotten a widescreen transfer rather than a FULL SCREEN. But the movie itself is highly recommended.
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The Wade family moves from Los Angeles into a Mexican home sight-unseen after buying a Mexican doll factory sight-unseen. Already, this plot sounds like something that would only feasibly happen in a bad horror movie…nobody does that! But this is their lucky day, because some ancient Mayan ruins are nearby and an anthropologist accidently unleashed a ball of red glowing energy--errrr, I mean, an evil spirit!

After being given a doll from the factory, their young daughter begins acting strangely. Her mother Marylin (Denise Crosby; Pet Sematary) has caught her talking to "Dolly" frequently, she draws violent depictions of animals, hisses at priests and rosaries, and speaks in the ancient Sanzian language to their devout housekeeper.

What's more is that we (the audience) see the Dolly move on her own and it's implied that she scampers about the house at night very early in the film. And once her murderous intentions are known, we see Dolly's creepy little doll hands locking doors and picking up sharp objects, sneaking, hiding and stabbing! It's straight out of the Child's Play (1988) playbook staged in a Mexican Poltergeist (1982) scenario.

The jump scares are tedious but Dolly is sufficiently creepy (even scary) enough to make it work…and well! As the story progresses, so too does the little girl's weirdness. She becomes increasingly attached to Dolly and disengaged from her family…even hostile to them.

This may not be a good film, but it's a solid B-horror. It's greatest gift is its pacing. Most B-horror takes 40-60 minutes for anything at all interesting to happen.
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A demonic black maginc curse centuries old, turns the world's most beautiful doll into thw world's most sacage killer.
Now, this "dolly" has her deranged eyes aimed at a little girl named Jessica, and will do anything to possess her. Bizarre events explode into a ferocious frenzy of madness. A housekeeper is torn apart. A nightwatchman is hacked to pieces. As the body count rises and the carnage continues, Jessica loses her sould to her new "playmate".
To save his daughter, Jessica's father must enter a nightmarish world where dark powers of evil have reigned supreme...until now!
This movie is pretty good if you are into the psychotic killer doll thing, so if you like chucky or magic this movie is for you!
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It was weird, but good. It's labeled as a slasher movie, which it isn't. So don't go into this expecting lots of gore! This is a more laid back chucky-esque film. The acting was excellent, it was enjoyable, but i wish they would have focused a bit more on the sub-plot. The subplot is about the son who isn't extremely interesting but the lore and legends he finds out are!
It's basically a movie about a family who moves to a factory in the desert, where the husband makes dolls, and has a mine nearby (?! ). They have two kids, a daughter and a son. The daughter finds a doll her dad is making and immediately claims one as her own. That's about all i can say before i delve too deep into the plot. I watched this for free on amazon, and i don't regret watching it, it had some very strong points, but also some real boring points.
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I give a lot of credit to the people who made this film. They could have treated the topic of a "killer doll" like the ugly stepchild and made it into a B-movie with very little effort. Instead, they put a lot of effort into a great creative plot, a creepy atmosphere, and they hired actors who could act. Usually every movie, by the time you're done watching, you can point to one or more actors that either didn't act well or were mis-cast. I can't say that about anyone in this film. The children, parents and rest of the cast fit very well together. They acted well, worked hard, and none of the lines they were given were lame or made you roll your eyes, which is a credit to the screenwriter too. This definitely ranks up there as one of the better killer doll movies. It feels real, it's portrayed as real and a great overall job by those involved. Watching Rip Torn act serious was a pleasant surprise after seeing him in comedic movies the last few years. If you're into possessed puppets or killer dolls definitely rent or buy this.

Other recommendations are the Chucky movies, "Dolls", "Puppet master", and "Blood dolls" (which is now my new favorite guilty pleasure movie).

Great job. Great effort. Thank you for not phoning it in.
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