While most of us grew up playing with dolls, none of us can deny that the following movies were also the reason for some of us to fear them.
1. Child's Play (1988)
Child's Play is an American horror-slasher film that follows Andy who is gifted a sought-after doll by his mother on his birthday. He names the doll Chucky but things take a turn for the worse when Andy discovers that the doll is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. This was the first ever killer doll movie that popularized the killer doll genre. Chucky is undoubtedly an iconic character who also enjoys some sense of humor before killing his victims. It is a classic movie that you just can't afford to miss. The remake of the Child's Play is all set to release on 21st June 2019.
2. Dead Silence (2007)
Dead Silence is a supernatural psychological horror film that is written and directed by the creators of Saw. The film revolves around Jamie Ashen who returns to Ravens Fair, his hometown, after the death of his wife to unravel the secret of her murder. Soon, he learns that the legend of Mary Shaw, a murdered ventriloquist still looms over the town. The plot of this film is intriguing, the atmosphere is heavy and the creepy music just adds more intensity to the scenes. It is a reasonable shocker and you'll come across moments who wish you hadn't seen.
3. Annabelle: Creation (2017)
Annabelle: Creation is a supernatural horror film which is a prequel to 2014's Annabelle and the fourth film in The Conjuring franchise. The film highlights the story behind the origin of the possessed Annabelle doll. This is one of the best horror films till date in the James Wan’s Conjuring universe. It relies more on atmosphere and symbolism but, don't be under the impression that you won't be creeped out. The makers have successfully delivered a coherent and effective movie by sticking to old-school tactics of haunted houses, little-girl ghosts and jump-scares. But, the doll really outdoes itself in this one.
4. Poltergeist (2015)
The Poltergeist is a supernatural thriller film which has been co-produced and written by Steven Spielberg. It is one of the most successful entries in the Poltergeist film series that follows the story of the Bowens, who have to save their youngest daughter who is taken captive by one of the evil spirits in their house. It is a perfect horror film that is a non-stop scream express. The plot of this film isn't original but it definitely has the ability to make you uncomfortable.
5. Puppet Master (1989)
The Puppet Master follows the story of Edgar who decides on selling an evil-looking puppet at a convention but hell breaks loose when the puppet comes to life and goes on killing spree. It is a classic film that has most of the enduring qualities of horror, mystery, suspense and dramatic deaths. These tiny puppets might not look scary but they will definitely strike fear in your little hearts. With great effects, suspense and the creative deaths, this film, deserves a place on your shelf along with all the other classics.
6. The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring is a supernatural horror film that is based on the lives of two paranormal investigators, Ed and Loraine Warren who work together as a team to help a family that has been terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. This is also the first time we are introduced to the Annabelle doll. And even though the doll remained an invisible name for most parts of the film, it managed to intrigue us enough to be very afraid.
7. Dolls (1987)
Dolls is a fantasy-horror film the revolves around a group of people who stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers and their haunted collection of dolls. This movie is a heart-driven horror film that manages to work because the special effects are so solid. The plot is cleverly written with a few laughable moments here and there and some truly gruesome moments too. the movie even has a bit of a moral. The background score and the spooky atmosphere in and around the the mansion is enough to creep you out.
8. The Boy (2016)
The Boy is a horror-thriller that follows the story of Greta, who accepts the job of a nanny in a wealthy household but, soon she is disturbed when she finds out that the child she has to take care of, is in fact, a doll. The concept of this film is quite original and unique. It is fast-paced with many twists and turns along the way. It manages to entertain till the very end despite its silly premise. It is a fantastic thriller that doesn't rely in cheap jump scares. Basically, you're never going to want to be alone with a doll again.
9. Demonic Toys (1992)
Demonic toys is a cult-horror that features small, killer toys. The story of this film revolves around two gunrunners and a pregnant policewoman who are trapped in a warehouse with dolls that are alive. The dolls look somewhat similar to the doll in the Puppet Master. The dolls look creepy enough and the background score just adds more tension and intensity to the scenes. It is a cult classic that is highly enjoyable with its basic charming effects that is hard to ignore.
10. Dolly Dearest (1991)
Dolly Dearest is a horror-slasher that revolves around the story of an American family who move to Mexico to make dolls but, the dolls are possessed by an old, hostile spirit. The dolls look quite creepy in some instances and there are quite a few unexpected jump scares that add more spookiness to the film.
Annabelle is a supernatural horror that highlights the story of a newly married couple John and Mia who are attacked by worshippers of Satan one night. Before the cops take them away, the Satan worshipers, use a doll to make John and Mia's life hell. It's basically the story of how the Annabelle doll came to be possessed. It makes for a modestly hair-raising prequel to its predecessor 'The Conjuring.'
Which is your favourite horror doll movie?