I know this is true: Everyone has a childhood movie that has scarred them for life!
For me, it was the 1987 horror flick called “Dolls”. Between The Exorcist and Dolls I really had a hard time adjusting to the dark. It so happened that I was living in Mexico at the time and as you might have heard; power outages are almost a daily thing down there.
My cousin invited my older sister and I to go over and watch Dolls with him. My sister and I made our way up the 1/4 mile walk to his place. My cousin had turned off all the lights in the already creepy house. The glow of the small television was the only light source. I’m sitting there…fully engrossed in the movie. Covering my eyes and peeking through my fingers when all of a sudden he turned off the television and started screaming. Pointing at the dark saying “The dolls! they’re gonna get you!”
I tell you..I think I saw stars. The fear was so immense that the only thing I could do is bury myself in the couch behind my sister and cry. He started cracking up.
For the next few years I grew up hating dolls. It’s funny really. Last Halloween, the Chiller Channel played Dolls. I haven’t seen the movie since the 80s. So I was telling my girlfriend the whole story about my introduction to the movie. She seemed to be hiding a smirk. Watching the movie now, I can see why she would. Dolls to me is a B Movie that is more comical than scary nowadays. Regardless of the movie, I still watch my back around dolls.
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Dolls is a film directed by horror director Stuart Gordon and released in 1987, after Gordon’s success with Re-Animator. The film was shot in Italy in 1985. Dolls has taken credit for having inspired several similar “killer doll” movies since, most prominently Child’s Play.
The plot centers around a group of unlucky people, who are stranded in the middle of nowhere during a violent thunderstorm. Judy is a young girl who is traveling by car with her snooty, abusive parents: her thuggish father and her wealthy, unloving stepmother. Also there is a kindly, mild-mannered, naive businessman named Ralph, who picks up two female punk rock hitchhikers. All six potential victims wind up at a huge mansion inhabited by Gabriel and Hilary Hartwicke, a couple of disturbingly charming, elderly people who appear to be toymakers. Indeed, their house literally abounds with dolls, puppets, and other beautifully detailed toys.