Dolls | Chicago Reader

Dolls

Elderly toy-making couple turn tiny terrors loose on visitors to their old gothic mansion. A bland horror exercise from former Organic Theater director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond), with little of the extravagant grossing out and choreographic winding around that made his earlier features so memorable and messy (if only marginally watchable). The child's-revenge fantasy on which the story hangs (delinquent parents are the main objects of the dolls' wrath) never quite comes to life, and Gordon's old voyeuristic obsessions have largely been supplanted by an uncustomary restraint. There's little of the therapeutic exorcist left in this pallid effort, though Gordon at least has begun to master the elements of his craft. Better late than never, but I doubt that anyone will care. With Stephen Lee, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, and Ian Patrick Williams.

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