Dolls are one type of toy that is intended for children. Many kinds of dolls on the market, ranging from those resembling animals, humans, and popular fictional figures. The material is also diverse, some from wood, plastic, fabric, and yarn.
The origins of dolls are difficult to know with certainty. Historians say the use of puppets has existed since the time of ancient cultures, such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The most conclusive historical evidence recorded is the use of dolls in Greece around 100 BC as a work of art on display.
Modern dolls were first produced in Germany around the 15th century, and have continued to evolve from the use of wood to plastic. In the current era, dolls are used as objects that can be used as collections.
In the world of cinema, the figure of a doll is very identical to a horror film, which makes the doll can talk and do evil that disrupts human life. But not all of the movies that we will discuss are horror genre.
Not only that, there are even some comedy films that use puppets as the main character. What are the ten movies that feature dolls as central figures in this Hollywood production? Here is the list.
The Boy – 2016
This psychological horror film features a very mysterious doll from the beginning to the end of the film. The audience must have thought that the doll was the incarnation of a child’s spirit that was burning in the house, or at least possessed by that spirit.
Because a teenager regards the doll as his child, his parents choose to commit suicide and leave the care to the caregiver. Wait until the end of the film to get a definite answer, whether the doll is the child’s incarnation or other options.
Annabelle – 2014
Remember the movie The Conjuring (2013)? This film is a prequel or spin-off of the film which focuses the story on the figure of a braided hair doll. The story is very cliché and just the same as other horror films. The only difference is the gripping scenes, which certainly surprise the audience. Although not directly direct, James Wan acts as the producer here.
Ted – 2012
“Be careful what you wish for.” This sentence becomes evident when a child prays that his puppet lives and becomes his friend. And everything came true! If you are still a child, you will be happy. Well, how about when the boy gets older?
The film, starring Mark Wahlberg, carries the dilemma which is filled with a variety of cuteness with sexual references and surroundings. One of the most successful films in 2012, then the sequel came in 2015, continuing the story of a teddy doll who is trying to be independent and have a family. So absurd!
Lars and The Real Girl – 2007
This unique indie film features Ryan Gosling’s acting like a man who is less sociable and chooses to like the “sex doll” doll as a friend he finally loves. The theme is indeed absurd, but the comedy shown is quite intriguing even though it doesn’t invite blaring laughter.
Although it failed commercially, the film was nominated at many world film festivals, such as the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.
Dead Silence – 2007
Director James Wan, who succeeded with the Saw franchise, continued his work through the film, which once again raised the puppet as his antagonist. The figure of the doll is almost similar to Billy the Puppet in the movie Saw, even many who think that this film is a prequel of Saw.
In contrast to Saw, this film carries pure horror elements without psychological additions and makes it almost similar to other puppet horror films.
The Last Mimzy – 2007
Almost similar to Doraemon, who came from the future, Mimzy also has a similar story; only she is present in the form of a rabbit doll. The film itself has a pretty good and dizzying mystery element with various cultural elements absorbed from various ancient cultures.
The main objective of Mimzy, with all her unique abilities that can only be seen by the children of the brothers, is revealed as the film approaches its end.
Dolly Dearest – 1991
When the hype of the movie Chucky was on top, a film that would have been a competitor appeared. The doll in this film lives in a factory that is no longer active, and this doll is possessed by a demon spirit called Sanzia by the citizens of Mexico. The story is more or less the same as other doll horror stories, but the strength of this doll is that it can affect people’s minds. That is all.
Child’s Play – 1988
This film is the beginning of the story of one of the scariest horror characters ever, the Chucky doll. This cute doll initially possessed by serial killer spirits who are always thirsty for the desire to kill. Until finally, one after another victim fell.
The success of this film gave birth to a franchise with a series of films: Child’s Play 2 in 1990, Child’s Play 3 in 1991, Bride of Chucky in 1998, Seed of Chucky in 2004 and Curse of Chucky in 2013 whose quality has declined from film to film.
Dolls – 1987
It is clear from the title of this film shows a doll as the main character of this USA and Italy film production. The doll in this film is said to disturb the existence of a family that occupies a new home. Terror after terror happened to the family who inhabited the house until the mystery of the many dolls in the house was revealed. It turns out they were all once human!