Dolly Dearest – Die Brut des Satans (1991)

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Dolly Dearest – Die Brut des Satans: Directed by Maria Lease. With Denise Crosby, Sam Bottoms, Rip Torn, Chris Demetral. 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.

“Following in the tiny (and lucrative) footsteps of killer doll hit Childu0026#39;s Play (1988), Dolly Dearest sees the spirit of a murderous Mayan demon freed from an ancient Mexican tomb to possess the dolls in the factory recently purchased by American family, The Wades (Sam Bottoms, Denise Crosby, Chris Demetral and Candy Hutson). But where Chucky, the diminutive star of Childu0026#39;s Play, was a brilliantly expressive creation designed by FX genius Kevin Yagher and voiced by the very talented Brad Dourif, u0026#39;Dollyu0026#39; is just dull, a forgettable lump of plastic with zero personality.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFurthermore, the script for Dolly Dearest is extremely derivative, not just content with ripping off Childu0026#39;s Play, but several other horror classics as well (there are shades of The Omen, The Exorcist and Poltergeist); the direction is also uninspired, leaving the reasonable cast struggling against the odds to make matters entertaining. The film might have proved more bearable with more and much gorier death scenes, but all we get are a bloodless electrocution and a guy having a heart attack (having had his hand pushed into a sewing machine). Oh, and the only half decent scares are courtesy of a stray cat that makes a habit of leaping out from behind the boxes in the factory.”


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