Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Devil Doll (1936)

4 / 5
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Tod Browning
Written by: Guy Endore, Tod Browning
Actors include: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Length: 79 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

I liked Tod Browning's Freaks, and I like killer dolls so this was only logical to watch. I wasn't a fan of early horror at the time I saw this, but this was fast paced and entertaining through and through. It's most certainly in b&w so if that sort of thing bothers you or if you are looking for blood and horror than this is the wrong film for you. Instead we have plenty of far away shots of folks with giant props who have obviously been turned into "devil dolls" by their evil master. The "dolls" seemingly once shrunk have no real mind of their own and are controlled by their master so in other words they are revenge tools. It's more of a laugh really than anything, but for the time it was rather creative and the fact that it was still a wad of fun makes this a keeper. It's just a shame that it wasn't even slightly frightening in any way but heck you can't win them all!

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