Little girls are usually very fond of dolls, but apparently, adults cannot leave it alone and give them their innocent share of fun. In fact, the decline in doll sales may not be due to the availability of gadgets but more on the terror that they see in movies.
Come think of it, dolls are up there on the top things that scare kids half to death. So much for giving comfort to the little ones, eh?
There have been countless films that had dolls at the center of horror – and they have become so mainstream that many of them have turned solo films into massive franchises, and for the life of us, we still can’t figure out how dolls spawn other little evil dolls.
Anyway, here are some scary films that you will want your kids to watch if you don’t want them to ever have dolls ever again:
Child’s Play (1988)
Terrifying dolls? Well, that’s definitely Chucky. After the Good Guy doll was inhabited by the soul of killer Charles Lee Ray, Chucky was bought by a young boy and his mother.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for them to realize that the doll is more than what meets the eye. In fact, you don’t even want to look him in the eye, because with the soul of a killer in him, the innocent doll became their tormentor real quick.
Chucky’s sinister and menacing personality made him even creepier. The first film may have been released in 1988, but even now, Chucky continues on tormenting little children who had the misfortune to come across him. Spawning nearly half a dozen movies, the last one was released in 2013, called Curse of Chucky.
Considering the franchise’s history, it probably won’t be the last time we see the creepy killer either.
Dead Silence (2007)
Things went south fast when a young couple received a creepy ventriloquist doll as a present.
After the murder of his wife, the young man returned to his home town to explore the legend of the murdered ventriloquist, Mary Shaw, and unearthed details surrounding her death, her attachment to her dolls, and the murders that have happened in and around the town.
A bit similar in plot to A Nightmare on Elm Street, this terrifying tale has an interesting twist that you would not see coming.
Do you want to play a game? Probably not, if Jigsaw arranged it.
The original “Saw” film was one of the more epic films in the slasher genre. It has interesting twists that you wouldn’t see coming, but after half a dozen films, the film became a tired cliché.
However, before the quality deteriorated, the story of Jigsaw and the creepy doll he uses to explain dire situations to his victims were some things that are new in the horror genre. The clownish doll became an icon in the horror genre as the movie progresses into the games that Jigsaw wanted to play.
The Conjuring, Annabelle (2013/2014)
Most of the films on this list are fiction—after all, why would dolls ever come to life? The Conjuring and Annabelle, however, are on a different plane as these movies are based on the writings and case files of real-life spiritual investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Even though there is little about the doll in The Conjuring, a prequel showed that the doll, Annabelle, is actually the center of the horrors experienced by couples who lived in the haunted home—mainly that occultists invaded the house and a mortally wounded one dripped blood on the new, then-innocent doll.
There were a lot of jump-scares in the film, even though it focuses more on spiritual terror than the doll itself. Still, Annabelle is the vessel for evil in the film, and that’s why she made it on this creepy list.
What would a list about evil dolls be without an aptly-titled movie?
The 1980w tale is about a group of strangers who were stranded during a storm. Taking shelter at a mansion that is home to a nice elderly couple who make toys.
Instead of a perfectly innocent business, however, they find that the toys and dolls were actually vessels used to trap souls of degenerates that the couple imprisoned over the years.
Which of these scary films effectively scared you the first time you watched?