Before "Bride of Chucky" there was...DOLLY DEAREST
Daniel W. Kelly | Long Island, NY United States | 09/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Where as Chucky ended up being more of a comic hero, Dolly Dearest is downright evil. With a hint of "the Exorcist" posession thrown in, she's quite the satanic doll, making this a much darker movie than even the first Child's Play. Not to mention there's just something about little girl dolls that is much more freaky than little boy dolls. Another bonus of this movie is that it stars the actress who played the mother in Pet Semetary.
Chucky definitely married the wrong doll....
I just wish the DVD had gotten a widescreen transfer rather than a FULL SCREEN. But the movie itself is highly recommended."
henry | 09/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this when I was like 10 and it scared me senseless. It's like Childs Play but for girls. The effects are'nt the best but the way the doll looks is better than Chucky. I reccommend this Dvd. I'm so glad it's on dvd and I will definitley buy it. I also reccommend-
Dolls(coming to dvd) Childs PLay The Chucky Collection(Childs PLay 2, Childs PLay 3 and, Bride Of Chucky) Seed Of Chucky "
Excellent doll slasher movie
Laz | Vegas, NV | 10/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I give a lot of credit to the people who made this film. They could have treated the topic of a "killer doll" like the ugly stepchild and made it into a B-movie with very little effort. Instead, they put a lot of effort into a great creative plot, a creepy atmosphere, and they hired actors who could act. Usually every movie, by the time you're done watching, you can point to one or more actors that either didn't act well or were mis-cast. I can't say that about anyone in this film. The children, parents and rest of the cast fit very well together. They acted well, worked hard, and none of the lines they were given were lame or made you roll your eyes, which is a credit to the screenwriter too. This definitely ranks up there as one of the better killer doll movies. It feels real, it's portrayed as real and a great overall job by those involved. Watching Rip Torn act serious was a pleasant surprise after seeing him in comedic movies the last few years. If you're into possessed puppets or killer dolls definitely rent or buy this.
Other recommendations are the Chucky movies, "Dolls", "Puppet master", and "Blood dolls" (which is now my new favorite guilty pleasure movie).
Great job. Great effort. Thank you for not phoning it in."
henry | San Diego CA | 07/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I truly love this cult classic I don't understand why this has not made it to DVD yet. Dolly dearest is somewhat scary I remember this movie since I was a kid. Please someone put this on DVD."
2.5-I don't see this as Chucky in a dress more like the Doll
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 10/09/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know this movie was a bit of joke to me. I mean if you can get past the cheesy special effects, you will probably be blocked again by the acting. At least it runs the spectrum - there is over acting, under acting and just plain bad acting. Who (s) is responsible for this...the Read family. They sinks their entire life savings into the pipe dream of Elliot Read (Sam Bottoms) to have the best little doll manufacturing plant ever. His hopes are dashed however as he and his kids visit the "state of the art" plant which has apparently been closed down for years since the original doll maker died. Apparently his real estate agent copied some impressive figures from an American Business book for all of the financials on the company. Really, hasn't Elliot ever heard of researching an investment? Maybe visit the plant you are going to buy?
On the first visit to the factory, little Jessica Read (Candy Hutson) sets her heart on one of the dolls and Dad lets her take it home. Jimmy Read (Chris Demetral) is immediately fascinated by the archeological dig next door to the doll factory. As the film progresses, Jessica becomes more and more obsessed with Dolly. Mom, Marilyn Read (Denise Crosby) begins to get worried when Jessica threatens her in a demonic voice that she will kill her if she tries to take Dolly away.
'Dolly Dearest' is not that great and it's a bit long and drawn out between the action sequences. Again, what it lacks in the acting department and initial special effects it partially makes up for with Dolly herself. When Dolly starts to mess with the Read family she gets quite animated and evil. She actually kind of freaked me out at times but I am probably not a good judge in this department because evil dolls just really spook me in general. The only saving grace in the acting department is the small part of the archeologist Karl Resnick (Rip Torn). They really should have used Rip Torn more. He is just fun to watch on the screen. I thought the end of the film the writers just kind of gave up. Not a very original or believable ending to Dolly's reign of terror. If you do see this just don't expect too much.
Instead of this I highly recommend "Dolls" the core reason for my fright of Dolls back then. "