With Halloween just around the corner, we're getting scared by horror movie Annabelle, out now in Cineworld. A prequel to 2013 hit The Conjuring, it recounts the chilling series of events that led to the outwardly normal Annabelle doll becoming possessed by a demonic entity...
Believe it or not, but Annabelle isn’t the first horror film to feature a psychopathic doll intent on killing anyone within stabbing distance. If you have a bizarre craving to indulge in a doll horror movie marathon then here’s a selection of movies you really do need to check out.
Directed by the late, great Richard Attenborough, written by William Goldman and starring Anthony Hopkins, Magic is one of the few thrillers involving dolls that doesn’t feature demonic possession. Watching the lines slowly blur between the personalities of ventriloquist Corky (Hopkins) and his doll Fats as they meld together and head off on a killing spree is a tour de force in filmmaking. Jerry Goldsmith's eerie, harmonica-led score ratchets up the atmosphere even further.
The Child's Play series (1988 – 2013)
When you think of a horror film starring a doll then there’s only one film series that springs to mind: Chucky. After becoming mortally wounded, serial killer Charles Lee Ray transfers his soul to a doll via a voodoo ritual – like you do. Amazingly (and possibly surprisingly) the series spawned six films, with the highlight probably being the amusing 1998 entry Bride of Chucky.
The Puppet Master series (1989 – 2012)
Straying only the tiniest of strides away from the doll possession plot scenario, the puppets in this film are controlled by an ancient Egyptian spell. Why? Why not, say us. In this case though, the plot involves a pair of psychics that are plotted against by a former colleague – and his army of magically controlled puppets. If you think that sounds terrible then it’s worth noting that Puppet Master spawned 10 sequels.
Dolly Dearest (1991)
This is just your typical ‘family move doll factory to Mexico but build factory on site near entrance to tomb of Satan’ story which, let’s face it, we’ve all seen a thousand times, right? It does feature a suitably hammy performance by the always excellent Rip Torn though.
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