DVD Review: Doll Factory (2014)

September 12, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

A gaggle of goofs exit stage left from a stale Halloween party and decide to try to conjure ghosts via reading passages from an ancient tome at ye olde abandoned doll factory (home to a battle with a host of rather surly killer baby dolls years previous). As you can guess that shit works gangbusters and soon our young heroes are getting ripped new assholes by the pint-sized, petulant puppets (okay they are dolls as previously stated, but fuck it)… and before long the entire town may fall into the creepy clutches of evil!

After a strong cold open, Doll Factory almost lost me with an overlong party sequence that was on the boring as balls side; but man did it gain my attention back right quick! You see, this fright flick is a comedy at heart, and it is actually funny… go figure.

The cast (my favorite of the bunch being Boo Gay as Darius; the dude that battled the dolls in the past and is destined to combat them again… this dude is a scene stealing riot) are game-as-fuck for these gloriously guffaw inducing goings-on, and the script and direction courtesy of Stephen Wolfe really lets their comedic talents shine (and kudos for the deadpan line-delivery and timing a lot of these fine folks display). Adding to the fun are a creepy and memorable design (if slightly hampered by the dough allotted for their creation) for the diminutive devils on the attack and some seriously excellent over-the-top practical gore effects.

Along with the main event, Wild Eye Releasing have included some beastly bonuses on this DVD including a behind-the-scenes documentary, a gag reel, and a concept. Also featured is a lively and engaging commentary track featuring Wolfe along with actors Justin Herman and Andy Palmer; laughs and anecdotes fly making this a must-listen for those that want to hear just how an ultra-low budget horror pic comes to lurid life!

To sum up; I laughed, I really dug the effects, and I had a good time watching Doll Factory all-around… and I’d recommend it highly to those among you lot that enjoys Full Moon’s Puppet Master entries and the work of ol’ Troma.



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