by Kevin Carr
|| MOVIE: *** (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)
Jared Kusnitz as GUY FILLBROOK
Gabrielle Lynn as DEE DEE FILLBROOK
Kristyn Green as OLIVIA
Anna Alicia Brock as TERRI
Brian Lloyd as RICH
Scott Seymore as TOM
Ken Lyle as LESTER FILLBROOK/CYRIL
Hannah Marks as SOPHIA
Studio: Full Moon Features
Directed by: Charles Band
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Before you read any further, you have to understand that I love horror films. I’ve always thought that even a bad horror film can be a lot of fun.
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There are several different levels of horror films. It’s not just about major studio releases with big stars. In fact, sometimes the best horror films come from under the radar and not from the major studios – at least the most daring horror films come from their.
Any fan of horror knows the lesser studios, and one of the biggest low-budget horror film companies of the past few decades is Full Moon Features. Started by pioneer Charles Band, Full Moon Features churned out countless movies since the 1980s. Band himself became like a modern Roger Corman. He cranked out cheapo genre films, often directing but also producing.
Band also gave early screen time to the big names of today, just like Roger Corman did in the 50s, 60s and 70s. If not for Charles Band, you may never have heard of people like Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Helen Hunt, Jeffrey Combs and Julia Louise Dreyfuss. Some of the classic low-budget flicks of the past few decades are in Band’s repertoire, including “Re-Animator,” “Troll” (featuring a character named Harry Potter who travels to a fantasy land), “Puppet Master,” “Subspecies” and the “Trancers” series.
Unfortunately, Band’s company had problems several years ago. He kind of dropped off the radar for a little bit, and it seemed that Full Moon would disappear forever.
However, Charles Band is making a comeback. He’s restarted his studio and has a business plan to churn out more low-budget films. One of his most recent films is “Doll Graveyard,” which keeps with his often-used theme of little creatures killing humans.
For fans of Full Moon, “Doll Graveyard” is a nice throwback to earlier killer doll films from Charles Band. It’s not a tremendous story – basically what you might expect from the king of low-budget cinema today.
The film tells the story of a little girl who, in 1905, is killed by her father and buried in the back yard with her dolls. One hundred years later, a family has moved into the house and the son (Jared Kusnitz) digs up the dolls in the back yard. However, the spirit of the dead girl is haunting the land and causes the dolls to come to life with a murderous rampage.
“Doll Graveyard” isn’t about great characters or plots. It’s about these little dolls killing people. For me, in a flick like this, there could have been a higher body count, but I understand the limitations of cast. Overall, it’s a nice return to the old fashioned Full Moon way of doing movies, but I am eagerly anticipating more cheap horror flicks to rival the Charles Band “classics” of the past.