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Dolly Dearest (1991)

A toy manufacturer buys the 'Dolly Dearest' factory in Mexico, where the malevolent spirit of Sanzia, a devil child, has taken refuge in one of the porcelain dolls, and eventually takes control of his daughter.

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Maria Lease

Writers:

Maria Lease (story), Rod Nave (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Denise Crosby ... Marilyn Wade
Sam Bottoms ... Elliot Wade
Rip Torn ... Karl Resnick
Chris Demetral ... Jimmy Wade
Candace Hutson ... Jessica Wade (as Candy Hutson)
Lupe Ontiveros ... Camilla
Enrique Renaldo ... Estrella
Alma Martinez ... Alva (as Alma Martínez)
Will Gotay Will Gotay ... Luis
Rene Victor Rene Victor ... Nun at the Convent
Luis Cortez Luis Cortez ... Peter
Jaime Gomez ... Hector
Brass Adams Brass Adams ... Bob Larabe
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An American family moves to Mexico to fabricate dolls, but their toy factory happens to be next to a Sanzian grave and the toys come into possession of an old, malicious spirit. Written by Jan Teekman <janteekman@hotmail.com>

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She has a life of her own. Now she wants yours. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for horror violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of the production-used dolls was auctioned off on eBay. See more »

Goofs

It's clearly a stuntman wearing a wig, and not Sam Bottoms, who tumbles over the hill as the factory explodes. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn: I am not losing my daughter to a God-damned, nine-hundred-year-old goat-head!
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Reasonable Rip-off of "Child's Play"
16 March 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Mexico, an archaeologist releases the evil spirit of a devil child from a tomb of an ancient tribe called Sanzia that worshiped Satan on Earth and dies in an accident. Immediately after, an American family with two children arrives to live and reactivate a factory of dolls in a site nearby the archaeological field. Elliot Read (Sam Bottoms) invested the savings of his family in this business to manufacture dolls. He finds many dolls left by the previous owners of the factory, and gives one of them, which is possessed by the fiend, to his daughter Jessica Read (Candy Hutson). The girl changes her behavior, speaks an ancient language and the maid tells to the mother Marilyn Read (Denise Crosby). Meanwhile, the archaeologist Karl Resnick (Rip Torn) arrives to investigate the finding of his colleague. However, the demon has been already released.

"Dolly Dearest" is a clear rip-off "Child's Play" franchise, but is not as bad as the expectation a reader may have with the IMDb Rating of 3.8. Indeed it is a reasonable horror movie, with characters and situation well developed for this type of movie. Denise Crosby plays again the role of a mother new arrival in a different environment that faces problem with his daughter, recalling her performance in "Pet Sematary" (1989). There are some accidentally funny scenes, like for example when Elliot Read is stabbed on his thigh and runs like a hell when the factory is blowing up but in general "Dolly Dearest" is watchable and entertains. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Boneca Assassina" ("Killer Doll")


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boneca Diabólica See more »

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Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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