Today I am going to be sharing with you the top 5, best horror movies involving dolls. If you didn’t know, haunted dolls/toys are one of my favourite horror sub-genres. I cannot get enough of them. They are so creepy and interesting. My upcoming novella: The Devil Within Me, has a cursed Matryoshka doll for this reason. Also, the reason I didn’t include Billy from Saw, is because he isn’t the main focus of the films. Trust and believe I love that twisted clown! If you’re interested in ordering my Child’s Play t-shirt, you can find it here. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Next month, I will be ranking the entire Conjuring franchise but as a little spoiler: Annabelle is my favourite film over the rest. She is actually based off of a real Raggedy Ann doll owned by Ed and Lorraine Warren at their Occult Museum in Connecticut. In my personal opinion, the real one is spookier. Google her and tell me if you agree! In the movies, Annabelle is haunted by the spirit of a deceased girl with the same name. After the Warrens pronounced her demonically possessed, she was kept in a secure glass box in their home with strict instructions not to open it. Aside from her face, what makes her so creepy is she never actually speaks or walks around. She appears in random places and even hovers at one point in the original film. Her eyes seem to stare into your soul. I strongly believe the 2014 movie is one of the scariest I’ve ever seen.
2.) Child’s Play
I will also be ranking the entire Child’s Play franchise, so stay tuned for that. I have a lot of movies to get through and at this point, I’ve only seen the original and the remake. The 1988 film is by far superior to the 2019 version. In fact, it’s on my top 20 favourite horror movies of all time list. Child’s Play follows a little boy, Andy, who receives a Good Guy doll from his mother, not knowing it is possessed by the spirit of the notorious serial killer, Charles “Chucky” Lee Ray. The toy terrorises Andy and his family, eager to resume murdering once again. First of all, Chucky is sassy as hell. Voiced by Brad Dourif, he isn’t afraid to cuss and insult everybody he comes across. Secondly, this story is just fun. For a little guy, he is downright terrifying and not easy to get rid of. I’m such a fan and have no idea why I waited so long to watch this iconic movie. Thirdly, a brand-new Chucky television series is coming out next month with Brad Dourif reprising his role as the voice. To say I’m excited is an understatement! Please watch if you haven’t already.
3.) Dead Silence
Ahhhh this movie is so underrated! It’s amazing! I could re-watch it a billion times and never get bored. It was created by my favourite horror director of all time: James Wan. You can read more about that here. This story takes place after Jamie Ashen comes home to find his wife Lisa disfigured and dead in their apartment, just minutes after a mysterious package was left on their doorstep containing an old ventriloquist dummy named Billy. With no alibi, a detective is left to assume Jamie as the prime suspect. Driven by an old ghost story, he returns to Ravens Fair, his old hometown, to prove his innocence. The story leads him to believe that the vengeful ghost of Mary Shaw was the real murderer. But when Jamie returns to Ravens Fair, he finds out more than he bargained for. The filming, scares and twist at the end make this a superior horror film that isn’t talked about nearly enough. I know I’m over-hyping it but honestly, if you only watch one film on this list, let it be this one!
4.) The Boy
There are no words to describe how much I love this movie. The sequel, Brahms: The Boy II was also good but not like its predecessor. In this film, we follow Greta Evans, an American foreigner who travels to England in order to escape a possessive ex-boyfriend. She is hired as a nanny by the elderly Heelshires to care for their young son, Brahms. However, when Greta arrives at the beautiful and vast estate, she realises Brahms is a doll and his parents believe him to be alive. They leave her a strict list of rules to follow before embarking on a vacation. Greta ignores the rules, unaware that she should be taking them seriously. It isn’t long before her possessions start to go missing, she can hear a boy crying in the night and the doll seems to move on its own. This is another movie with an excellent twist ending, plenty of fantastic scares and stunning visuals. Highly recommend!
I sound like a broken record here but I am also going to rank the Poltergeist franchise. I definitely prefer the original to the remake. In this film, a family living in a California planned community begin to experience paranormal activity after the youngest daughter, Carol Anne, invites spirits into their home via the static on their television screen. Objects start to move around, silverware bends and a creepy clown doll is awakened. It’s such a terrifying, iconic moment in horror history. In the remake, a bunch of horrifying clown dolls attack the youngest son in the attic. It’s most people’s greatest fear come to life on screen. Even if you don’t watch the whole thing, YouTube that particular scene.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please recommend any and all horror doll movies. I want to watch them! Thanks for reading.
Peace & Love xoxo