Dolls have always been a horror object when it comes to films. It started as early as the 70's. Horror films featuring dolls have always worked. Why is the question. Are they too much like us? Is their innocence completely removed as a children's toy? Dolls are overwhelmingly creepy, and they just seem to never go away. Which, may or may not be a good thing. However that's for us to judge this Friday with Annabelle.
One of the most infamous creepy dolls would have to be the Clown Doll from Poltergeist (1982). This was one of the first dolls to really freak the audience, leaving them forever spooked. When asked what movie freaked you out the most as a child most adults will answer, The Poltergeist and for The Clown Doll solely. Not to mention it is a clown, which totally doubles the creep factor for this horror doll.
Blade from The Puppet Master was tiny, but in fact deadly throughout the series. He was not the creepiest, however if you grew up on The Puppet Master series then he was memorable for sure. I felt Blade needed a mention because even though he's not the most known, the series is respected by me for having a total of ten films. I own them all, and even if they're not terrifying, they're definitely entertaining.
Billy from Saw was one of the first horror dolls that I actually considered terrifying. It could be the fact that he rides in on a tricycle out of no where. It could be his deep menacing voice. Or it could simply mean that anytime he showed up, something bad was going to happen. Billy's announcements and "games" only meant two things: torture and death. Billy has made an appearance in all seven films of the series. And I'm sure, he will just keep on going.
Billy from Dead Silence still scares people today. He truly frightened his audiences in theaters everywhere. Dead Silence as a film definitely played with the phobia of dolls and puppets intensely, making even those who weren't afraid before seeing the film a little tense after viewing. Billy for sure left chills throughout my whole body. His smile alone is not easy to look at.
[Annabelle](movie:1217914) from The Conjuring happens to be the most recent horror doll to hit the screen and terrify millions, literally. She was so terrifying that she has a film releasing solely about her and where she came from. She's treacherous because, "There was an inhuman spirit - a demon - attached to the doll. But they warned that the doll wasn't possessed; demons don't possess things, only people. It was clinging to the doll, manipulating it, in order to give the impression of a haunting." Making her not only freaky, but deadly as well. Annabelle is not fun to look at, but we will be seeing a lot more of her very soon. Prep yourself.