Dolly Dearest (1991) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Dolly Dearest (1991) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Dolly Dearest (1991) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Dolly Dearest (1991) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Maria Lease
Starring: Denise Crosby, Sam Bottoms, Rip Torn
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

American family Elliot and Marilyn Wade, along with their young children Jessica and Jimmy, have just relocated to Mexico, where Elliot has taken over a doll factory. As they settle into their fresh surroundings, Jessica forms a special bond with her new doll, spending hours with it in her large playhouse. But soon, her mother and older brother sense that something isn’t quite right with the sweetly faced toy. It’s not long before strange and frightening events start to occur, and members of the household begin turning up dead in a series of apparent ‘accidents’.

It’s an evil doll movie from the 90s and it isn’t Child’s Play or Puppet Master! It’s Dolly Dearest and this time it isn’t just one corrupt doll, it’s a whole group of them that are possessed by evil and now are looking to cause all sorts of trouble for the people in the area and most importantly a little girl and her family that takes one of them home. Soon after she takes her home the doll is using the evil to take over the girl’s personality and it’s an issue with the girl’s family to try to discover what is up and try to stop this doll (and the others) before it becomes too late! Of course, the family is the last to realize something is wrong and it does seem to take a very hefty amount of time before anything really of note happens outside the nanny catching a bad vibe and then these dolls catching a body because of it. There are a few deaths here in this one, but I do wish we had a bit more to go along with the ones we do get.

Look, I think the evil dolls here look pretty cool. They also have some good facial expressions and all of that, showing us that we have some cool technical stuff behind this one. That being said, this one is a bit too slow for my taste. I wished it would have gotten in more of a hurry and we had times that I wish we had more stuff going on than we do. Not all cult movies from the 90s are gems and this could be one of them that falls into that “not a gem” category. There’s some cool production stuff going on here on the production side bu the story is a bit lacking and I wish we had some more blood and such going on. Still, this release looks really nice and Vinegar Syndrome does the horror community a strong service bringing this to Blu-ray because I know a lot of people wanted it. Still, it’s not really my type of killer doll movie, as I am more in the Chucky camp than Dolly Dearest. This is to Child’s Play in a lot of ways as Edge of the Axe was to Friday the 13th.


  • Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
  • Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm interpositive
  • “Playing With Dolls” – an interview with lead actress Denise Crosby
  • “Dressing the Part” – an interview with actor Ed Gale
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • SDH English subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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