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Short and sweet, cheap and cheerful
on 11 April 2006
This is a nifty little fantasy horror flick from 'Reanimator' director Stuart Gordon, one of the great lost talents of horror cinema. Following 'Reanimator' and 'From Beyond' Gordon seemed destined for Sam Raimi/George Romero style cult adulation, but lost his way badly. 'Dolls' is probably his last worthwhile feature.
It's simultaneously formulaic and surprising. Lost travellers, creepy house, evil slasher dolls -- you know the score. But Gordon directs with such pace that you don't have time to groan at the clichés, and the eponymous mini-monsters are realized with marvellous glee and wit. It's a bit like 'Toy Story' written by Rob Zombie and directed by Jan Svankmajer. Well, maybe not as deranged as that would be, but pretty good anyway.
I wouldn't pay a lot for what's basically a sassy B-movie, but if you can pick up 'Dolls' cheap I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised. Watch it back-to-back with 'Reanimator' and wonder what the hell happened to Stuart Gordon's talent. A crying shame.