The upcoming Uncork'd Entertainment release, Dolls, isn't the first killer-doll movie, and it certainly won't be the last. It's a low-budget effort that's more Stuart Gordon's Dolls than Full Entertainment's Puppet Master, and is a worthy entry in the killer-doll subgenre.
What'd I dig about it? Screenwriters Justin and Josh Hawkins take their time creating likeable characters. I believed the father/daughter duo, as played by Tom Downey and Trinity Simpson. I liked their banter and chemistry a lot. They looked like they were having fun, so I was too.
I also appreciated that the dolls are used sparingly. Partly due to budget, of course, but director Cuyle Calvin also uses the less-is-more approach so, when the dolls do appear, they elicit a jump or a jolt. And they look creepy, as only creepy dolls can.
What didn't work? The kill count is low, and the gore sparse. I get this isn't a straight up exploitation film, but I could have done with a higher body count and some more blood. And they blew a perfect boob-shot opportunity (beat yah to it, Shawn!).
This is still a decent time waster or Friday night watch. I don't think I'll see it again, so it's a Bad in my book, but it's certainly worthy of one watch.