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      Devil Doll

      1964 1h 20m Horror List
      33% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 29% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A ventriloquist (Bryant Haliday) hypnotizes a newsman's (William Sylvester) girlfriend (Yvonne Romain) to put her soul in his dummy, Hugo. Read More Read Less

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...Devil Doll has that ineffable something that makes a B movie into a cult movie... Rated: 3/5 May 1, 2021 Full Review Steve Biodrowski Cinefantastique Although deliberately created to replicate the dummy episode from DEAD OF NIGHT, this black-and-white English production works tolerably well as a crude rip-off, thanks to a creepy dummy and creepier performance from Haliday as The Great Vorelli. Rated: 2/5 Jul 26, 2014 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Nov 7, 2005 Full Review Bob Bloom Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) A fun, off-beat little horror film Rated: 2/5 Sep 8, 2002 Full Review Jeremiah Kipp ToxicUniverse.com Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 27, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Matthew D This is the 1964 Devil-Doll, not the Todd Browning's Devil Dolls, so the year is correct. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/12/21 Full Review Audience Member A real treat. Anybody who is afraid of dolls or even clowns should stay away from this movie. I had never heard of "Devil Doll" until it was shown on "Svengoolie" Sunday, February 28, 2021. It is a nearly perfect horror film. Just about everything works. The cast does an excellent job. The late Bryant Haliday is terrific as evil magician The Great Vorelli. He also seems to be enjoying playing the character tremendously and gives it his all. The late William Sylvester is also terrific as journalist Mark English. Hugo the ventriloquist dummy is something else. The use of lighting and low angle shots help make the mysterious dummy all the more frightening. My only criticism is the overuse of tight closeups. I think that was overdone. Despite that "Devil Doll" is still a fantastic horror film and is definitely worth your time in my opinion. Enjoy, but keep the lights on when you watch it! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review andy f An entertaining and flawed horror movie that brings a huge amount of early originality to the 'doll' genre. Recommended for 'doll' fans and maybe it wasn't just that 'Dead Of Night' short that influenced Magic. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Lionel Barrymore in drag. Or at least earrings. He really looks like Granny, the owner of Tweety Bird. Maybe he was the inspiration. As a revenge tale this is somewhat incomprehensible. Why is it set in Paris, Noelle kept asking. I had no answer. The special effects are stunning for 1936. But, here is the thing, Lavond did not need little people to do any of what he did. Not really. But this one features one of the maddest mad scientist schemes in existence - shrinking all the humans in the world to eliminate starvation and over population. Kooky. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member The Image and the Description has been mixed up. The Devil Doll in which the description explains was made in 1936. I just finished viewing this film on TV. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Years before something like Child's Play fueled nightmares, Devil Doll attempted to scare 'em up but wasn't all that successful at it. While the film is definitely creepy (it's the doll, obviously) there isn't much in the way of atmosphere or plot. Eventually the plot is revealed but it takes an awfully long time to get there, and anyone with half a brain (even in those days) could figure out what's going on. It lacks any sort of style and just features many close-ups of the doll's face for effect instead of trying to create any kind of atmosphere. It's a shame too because with a doll that looks like this one, a good creepy but fun movie could've been made. The gang at Mystery Science Theater 3000 also did an episode on this movie. It's not a skippable movie, but as far as what went into making and what came out, it only seems to be mildly watchable to me. Oh, and Flixster loses points for revealing the plot in the description. If you don't want spoilers, don't read it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A ventriloquist (Bryant Haliday) hypnotizes a newsman's (William Sylvester) girlfriend (Yvonne Romain) to put her soul in his dummy, Hugo.
      Director
      Lindsay Shonteff
      Producer
      Lindsay Shonteff
      Screenwriter
      Ronald Kinnoch, Charles F. Vetter
      Production Co
      Galaworldfilm Productions, Gordon Films
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 21, 2019
      Runtime
      1h 20m
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