Directed by: Heidi Moore
Written by: Heidi Moore and Cassandra Sechler
Starring: Justin Moore, Kimberly West-Carroll, Jay Sosnicki, Dana Nelson and Lawrence Moore
Synopsis: A young boy from the trailer park can’t take another moment of ridicule from his family and peers. With support from his beloved dollies, he sets out for blood.
Review: Dolly Deadly follows an 8 year old boy named Benji whose mother is killed in a hair dye accident when he is just a baby. He now lives with his grandmother and her boy toy. His only friends are a collection of doll, the last connection he has to his mother. He spends most of his time dancing for his dolls and having vivid hallucinations. The other kids in the trailer park bully him and treat him like a freak and his grandmother treats him like a burden. He eventually gets pushed a little too far and at the suggestion of his beloved dolls, he starts to kill.
As someone who was bullied mercilessly as a child I found Benji extremely relatable. He’s a lonely kid who let’s his imagination get the best of him to the point of becoming delusional. The dream sequences were very colorful and fun. The kills don’t come till about the hour mark but it’s always interesting and never boring. It had some inventive kills with great makeup effects and great use of stop motion animation for the dolls. I loved the music and thought it set the tone perfectly. The ending shows that even though Benji has found himself, he still bears the scars of all the bullying he experienced.
I also wanted to mention that Heidi Moore directed, produced, co wrote, shot, and did make up and make up effects for Dolly Deadly. That is impressive.
Dolly Deadly is a a darkly funny and brutal descent into madness that is a hell of a ride.
Score: 8.0 out of 10.