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Best Killer Doll Movies

Updated on October 19, 2010

They want to play with you...

The late 80's, early 90's made way for a plethora of movies about dolls and toys coming to life...and killing! Growing up this was probably my favorite genre of films and I would like to share with you my top five favorite "Killer Doll" movies.

#5 Dolly Dearest

A father moves his wife, son, and young daughter to mexico where he has acquired an old doll factory and begins work on a line of "Dolly Dearest" dolls, unaware that the soul of an ancient Aztec demon child had been released at a nearby dig site. He gives the first doll to his daughter as a gift and she becomes abnormally attached to it. Pretty soon bad things begin to happen, and the daughter's behavior becomes more dark and malevolent. The doll is alive as well as the others in the factory and the family must fight to save their daughter and themselves.

This movie is like the female version of Child's Play, but without all the humor and cheesy one-liners. I found it pretty entertaining, just lacking the charm of the other killer dolls. Dolly really has no personality, but then again she's more of just a tool used by the spirit. It's entertaining but don't expect too much.

#4 Demonic Toys

After a pregnant cop chases a couple crooks into a toy warehouse, a demon brings the toys to life as his killer minions. She and the others trapped inside must try to escape without falling victim to the murdering toys, and to not succumb to the demon and to what he has planned for her unborn child.

I really enjoyed this movie. I used to watch it as a kid and upon watching it again more recently i still feel like it's a very well made movie. It's got that early 90's campyness but that's its charm. It also has a decent plot and good special effects, but the best part about it is the four main killer toys: there's a jack-in-the-box with a creepy clown face and sharp teeth, a toy robot that shoots deadly lasers, a foul mouthed "Baby Oopsie Daisy" talking doll, and a teddy bear that looks cute at first until it gets it's fill on human flesh. Definitely worth a watch.

#3 Dolls

In this tale, a little girl along with her strict dad and evil step mom get stranded during their vacation by a storm and have to stay at an old mansion owned by a pleasant elderly couple and their massive collection of dolls. Along with a nervous sales man and a pair of prostitutes that try to survive the night when their army of dolls spring to life and try to kill anyone who isn't a child at heart.

I found this campy horror flick pretty entertaining. It's the only movie on this list in which an entire army of killer dolls attack their victims. It's violent, funny, and heartwarming...ish haha. Plus who can forget the two trashy, British, disgustingly 80's prostitutes?

#2 "Child's Play"

Child's Play is probably the most popular killer doll movie of all time, with one of the most popular killers. It's about a 6-year-old boy who gets a "Good Guy" doll for his birthday, unaware that it is possessed by the soul of Charles "Chucky" Ray, a serial killer, who continues his murder spree as the doll. Chuckie leans he must transfer his soul into the boy before he's forever trapped in the doll.

Although it wasn't a particularly violent movie and there are only a couple death scenes, Child's Play became famous for introducing us to the foul mouthed killer doll we've all come to love and has spawned many sequels and there's even talk of a remake in the works. 

#1 "Puppet Master"

My all time favorite killer doll movie is, and has always been, Puppet Master. It's a movie about a puppet maker named Andre Toulon who is able to transfer human souls into his puppets (most of which are equiped with some type of weapon) and bring them to life with an ancient Egyptian spell and a magic elixir formula. He is pursued by Nazis and eventually kills himself in a hotel to protect the secret. Years later a team of psychics are summoned to the hotel to investigate the recent suicide of their friend at the hotel only to become victims of the puppet master's quintet of killer puppets. You can learn more about them on my Puppet Master Hub.

This movie has spawned nine sequels, which after the third movie they sort of went downhill, however this one is nothing but entertaining. Each puppet has their own unique way of offing people and yet they themselves they're all quite charming. I don't know how many times I've watched this growing up and i recommend it to anyone who loves cheesy 80's horror. 

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      christophe evan 

      3 years ago

      Another good killer doll flick from 1963 called Devil Doll , as well as Majic ( 1978) and Dead of Night from 1945.

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      Randy Ray 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this list. My daughters were just telling me that they wanted to watch more killer doll movies, and besides the Chucky movies and Magic, I wasn't sure what to show them.

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      4 years ago

      Great hub! Dolls and puppets have always creeped me out, so I've always found movies like this particularly chilling. My personal favorite killer doll movie, though, is probably Pinocchio's Revenge, although it's a bit of stretch when you take into account all the elements of the plot.

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      5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I hate dolls but I always thought the white faced one in Puppet Master was so adorable lol! Has anyone seen Pinocchio's Revenge? I remember that freaking me out when I was younger.

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      Keith Abt 

      5 years ago from The Garden State

      Nice work! I just saw "Dolls" a couple of weeks ago for the first time in many years..the story is pretty silly but the stop-motion special effects were great, and they still hold up. "Demonic Toys" is another fave of mine.

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      6 years ago

      Great hub, extremely well written and entertaining. My only problem is that you don't have the zuni warrior doll from the Trilogy of Terror on your list. Otherwise it was a great hub.

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      7 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      The best Killer doll was the possessed doll chasing Karen Black in Trilogy of Terror. Of course that was a T.V. movie.

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      7 years ago

      Great hub. You have some really good ones. I voted for Puppet Master. Some of the others I haven't seen, and I never liked Chucky.

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      Tom Cairns 

      7 years ago

      My favorite really scary movie doll movie is Trilogy Of Terror. I don't suspect anybody to see this movie at night time, okay. Trust me.

    • maddartist profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Technically in Dead Scilence it wasn't the dummies that would kill, it was the woman's spirit. But good recommendation.

    • Glimmer515 profile image


      7 years ago from Never Never Land

      what about Dead Silence??? Great list though!


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