The 1987 film opens as a little girl named Judy, her father, and her bitch of a stepmother are forced to take shelter in the home of an elderly couple, as a storm rages outside. They are soon joined by a gentle and naïve man named Ralph, who brings along two annoying goth teenagers.
The elderly couple that owns the house are very polite, but there is an air of mystery about them. The home in which they live creates the perfect atmosphere for the mayhem to come. You see, these sweet old people own these dolls…dolls that are possessed by the souls of criminals who are paying eternal penance for their crimes.
Utilizing the best animatronic and stop-motion animation at the time, these dolls come to horrific life and steal the show, as a result. When it comes to the “evil toy” genre, these creatures run circles around Chucky and his ilk.
Dolls has a fantastical feel to it, obviously, but as I mentioned before, mood and atmosphere play a huge part in the overall success of this film. The acting is sub-par at times, but it is never distracting. This isn’t Oscar material that we are dealing with here, so audiences are encouraged to sit back and enjoy the creepy and colorful ride.
Shout Factory has released this beautiful Blu-ray/DVD combo with a slew of extras that are sure to please fans. The transfer is lovely, and you can see how much care was taken to properly restore the film. Special features include a new ‘making of’ retrospective, two audio commentaries, a storyboard-to-film comparison, a theatrical trailer and a photo gallery.
Be sure to purchase a copy as soon as possible!