Dolls

Dolls

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Director: Stuart Gordon

Cast: Ian Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine

     
 

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Young Judy Bower (Carrie Lorraine) is spending the summer with her stupid, abusive father, David (Ian Williams), and nasty stepmother, Rosemary (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon). On a dark and stormy night, their car breaks down on a lonely road in the woods and they are forced to seek shelter. As they walk, Rosemary throws Judy's beloved teddy bear into the woods, and the… See more details below

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Young Judy Bower (Carrie Lorraine) is spending the summer with her stupid, abusive father, David (Ian Williams), and nasty stepmother, Rosemary (Carolyn Purdy-Gordon). On a dark and stormy night, their car breaks down on a lonely road in the woods and they are forced to seek shelter. As they walk, Rosemary throws Judy's beloved teddy bear into the woods, and the imaginative child envisions it coming to life as a great fanged beast which slaughters her tormentors. The idea of loyal toys protecting their young owners from the ravages of the adult world is forcefully made, and imbues the rest of the film. They come upon a creepy old house owned by elderly Gabriel Hartwick (Guy Rolfe) and his wife, Hilary (Hilary Mason). Gabriel is a doll-maker and dazzles Judy with his collection of exquisitely detailed creations. Another car breaks down in the storm as well, bearing amiable Ralph Morris and two trampy hitchhikers. What they and the Bowers don't know is that the dolls are alive, and protect the young (Judy) and the young at heart (Ralph) from the evils of adulthood.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
There's a line in The Breakfast Club that goes, "When you grow up, your heart dies." Director Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Ed Naha (who also collaborated on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) seem to believe it, too, because they spare no effort to present the adults in the film as spiteful, venal beasts whose only goal seems to be crushing everything that is decent and good. The dolls are expertly rendered by John Brunner, Vivian Brunner, and Giancarlo del Brocco, with careful attention to detail and individual personalities. This is a serious-minded, lovingly crafted modern fairy tale that only misses classic status by a few clumsy, low-budget moments. Otherwise, Dolls a scary, oddly touching film that brings to mind, in its best moments, both Bruno Bettleheim's viciously satisfying riffs on Brothers Grimm and Michael Reeves' wonderful The Sorcerers. If viewers can ignore the typical Empire Pictures hallmarks like visible boom-mikes and windows that shatter a full second before a person goes through them, they are likely to enjoy this creepy, pleasantly old-fashioned fairy tale.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2014
UPC:
0826663153637
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
13,726

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Stuart Gordon and writer Ed Naha; Audio commentary with actress Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and other cast members; Toys of Terror: The Making of Dolls - an all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna, stars Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, executive producer Charles Band, special make-up effects artists Gabe Bartalos and John Vulich and more!; Storyboard-to-film comparison; Theatrical trailer; And more...

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian Williams David Bower
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon Rosemary Bower
Carrie Lorraine Judy Bower
Guy Rolfe Gabriel Hartwicke
Hilary Mason Hilary Hartwicke
Bunty Bailey Isabel
Cassie Stuart Enid Tilley
Stephen Lee Ralph Morris

Technical Credits
Stuart Gordon Director
Mac Ahlberg Cinematographer
David Allen Special Effects
Angee Beckett Costumes/Costume Designer
Becky Block Set Decoration/Design
Giancarlo del Brocco Makeup Special Effects
Vivian Brunner Special Effects
John Carl Buechler Special Effects
Charles Band Executive Producer
Aldo dell'Acqua Stunts
Debra Dion Associate Producer
Mechanical & Makeup Imageries Makeup Special Effects
Fuzzbee Morse Score Composer
Ed Naha Screenwriter
Giovanni Natalucci Art Director,Production Designer
Lee Percy Editor
Richard H. Band Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Brian Yuzna Producer

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