Demon Dolls (1993)
Review By Ryan Reading
Scott (played by writer/director Todd Jason Falcon Cook) and his friend Nick (played by Rik Deskin) are trying to use the occult to summon life into a doll. They have gathered the ingredients needed, have their magic book ready, but accidentally cast the incorrect spell. At first, the duo believe they failed and Nick bails; heading home for the evening. But immediately after his departure, the doll begins speaking to Scott, instructing him to bring human souls for him to feed upon. He commands him to obey or die - now the real nightmare begins. Stacey (played by Todd’s real life wife, Lisa Cook) and Scott’s world is turned upside down as the possessed doll takes control of their lives. The doll has the ability to imitate anything it comes in contact with. It quickly morphs into friends of the couple, pitting them against each other creating chaos, confusion, and leaving a pile of bodies in its wake. Demon Dolls can be laughable at times due to over acting, and sure, there is only one demon doll, despite the pluralized title, but it is a great film. It kind of feels like a second hand account of your friend’s bad trip, which is the best way to experience it. Todd implements some incredible editing tricks creating a thick atmosphere that keeps the viewer engaged throughout the 96 minute run time. There are some creative kills, as well, like the stabbing of a young lady with a Christmas bowl mold decoration. It is quite impressive that Todd wrote this (with the help from his wife), is featured in nearly every scene, directed, and edited this movie.
It is impossible to ignore the wall decor and wardrobe in Demon Dolls. This was shot in Todd’s house. Including many scenes shot in Todd’s room. The walls are littered with horror movie posters, including an original Pieces one-sheet and a Skinned Alive poster. The cast wears an array of cool shirts, as well: Married with Children, Sepultura, INXS, Nirvana, Friday the 13th, Faith No More, The Doors, and Paul McCartney. I would highly recommend seeking out any of all of Todd Jason Cook’s work.
Quick note, there are a few versions of this film now. The film was re-edited by Mr. Cook for a director's cut, which is 23 minutes shorter, and the film was remade in 2014. You can purchase his movies from http://www.screamtimefilms.com/.