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Monday, November 10, 2014

DOLLS (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - They Walk. They Talk. They're on Scream Factory Blu-ray.

When you're a kid, the movie where the girls eyeballs fall out on the floor and roll around before being carefully replaced by that same girl only to reveal the eyeballs are doll eyes... well that's the movie that will scare the piss out of you so good you'll need to wear Pampers for a week. It's the movie you will rent over and over again. Dolls came to me as a lucky rent at the video store with my older sister. It had the best cover featuring a version of the aforementioned eyeball scene, drawn and terrifying. I bought a small standee of the cover art from Dolls at Monster Mania a few years back and it haunts my kids when the play in the basement. It haunts me too. The damn movie still gives me the creeps even though I've given up on pitting my G.I. Joes up against my sister's porcelain doll collection. Scream Factory sought to bring this must sought after movie to Blu-ray. They gave it one Hell of a fan treatment.

The newly commissioned cover art says it all, retelling the story in picture form that the original cover art only left ot the imagination. I love them both. I prefer the original for nostalgia purposes, but take a look at the Blu-ray itself. There's a creepy little picture of a girl holding a smiling doll. It almost wants to be Child's Play (before Child's Play even existed).

Look at this extra package:
  • NEW! 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 And More!
  • Audio Commentary With Director Stuart Gordon And Writer Ed Naha
  • Audio Commentary With Cast Members Stephen Lee, Ian Patrick Wiliams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon And Carrie Lorraine
  • Storyboard-To-Film Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
The making of feature is superb, a must watch for fans of the movie, but I think it tells more. The interviews inside give rise to a time when horror legends roamed together on the plains of fun, terrifying, cutting edge horror. We're talking about some of the biggies. Charles Band. Brian Yuzna. Stuart Gordon. These are men who created legendary horror; each has a tale of his own that seems to start in the Empire age and continues to this day. Band is responsible for an entire legion of horro pictures. Yuzna and Gordon are the double team behind Reanimator (with Band), but each of them has their own history in the horror genre from Silent Night Deadly 5 to Castle Freak on the other side. You know if it wasn't for Yuzna's Return of the Living Dead 3, I never would have gotten through puberty (thanks Mindy Clarke). That these filmmakers come together to create this terrifying work is no surprise and seems to foreshadow Band's upcoming project that will take the early 90's fans into a new franchise age with Puppetmaster. This is a very complete featurette and complements the audio commentaries well. 

What is it about the movie that's just terrifying? There's an opening that makes you despise the baddies and clearly defines the enemy all the while being exceptionally creative and demonstrating just what made Yuzna create his Silent Night Deadly Night entries. I giant teddy bear that kills your dad and stepmom? Sounds great. I think I could've used that damn teddy bear somewhere in my past. The movie quickly turns into a sort of nightmarish fairy tale filled with dramatic one liners that seem to take over the "longest night in the world" just before dumping us into a lovable good guy duo that gives us the perfect heroes: the pudgy, lonely man and the victimized daughter who needs to be protected from her father and stepmother more than a house full of living dolls. 

The dolls are perfectly crafted to haunt with beady little eyes the movie. Dolls with wide grins and expressive faces. They kill with a fury that is almost Critter-like and are special blend of witchcraft and the supernatural with old world, Gothic sensibilities. Dolls almost takes on a haunted house tale before going into it's nearly gonzo third act where the master and mistress of the house show their true colors. 

A movie like Dolls is a cult favorite, and there is little reason that it doesn't get a wider audience. Now's a great time for it to make the rounds and freak out another generation especially with the success of Curse of Chucky and Annabelle. Scream Factory finds a way to bring to light movies that need a spotlight and my sincerest hope is that folks appreciate the genuine creepiness of this picture. Of course there's another side of Dolls. It's a cautionary tale for bad parents and parents who grew up or at least pretend to have grown up. 

Dolls is available from Scream Factory now:

Synopsis from Scream Factory:

A precocious girl, her nasty parents, two punk-rock losers and a weak-kneed salesman inadvertently become the guests of two ghoulish senior citizens in their dark, haunted mansion. The old couple makes and collects dolls that, when not sitting still like good little mannequins, creep around in the night, offing the guests one by one! You may laugh at first, but if they turn on you, you'll regret it...for the rest of your short life! Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Stephen Lee (Robocop 2) and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) star in this bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun and fantastic effects in equal measure.

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