Doll Graveyard Release Date: April 2007 (France) Genre: Horror Director(s): Charles Band (owner of Full Moon Films) Writer(s): August White (Decadent Evil) Staring: Jared Kusnitz, Gabrielle Lynn, Kristyn Green Full Moon Pictures is back, and apparently they’ve shrunk by a third. Yes, while the Full Moon logo may be plastered on the DVDs released through […]

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Doll Graveyard
Release Date: April 2007 (France)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Charles Band (owner of Full Moon Films)
Writer(s): August White (Decadent Evil)
Staring: Jared Kusnitz, Gabrielle Lynn, Kristyn Green

Full Moon Pictures is back, and apparently they’ve shrunk by a third.

Yes, while the Full Moon logo may be plastered on the DVDs released through Charles Band’s Wizard Entertainment, the length of the company’s new movies doesn’t look to be changing. When you cut out the credits, Doll Graveyard comes in somewhere above sixty minutes, which is of course thirty minutes below the industry standard. That’s probably a good thing though, as projects like Doll Graveyard don’t need much in the way of character development.

That’s because this film is a simple excuse for Band to trot out a bunch of puppets (that he can later market for individual sale) and have them kill people. Had he not put multiple bullets into the carcass of Puppet Master series with Curse of the Puppet Master, Retro Puppet Master, and Puppet Master: The Legacy, Doll Graveyard probably would’ve been produced as another film in that series.

Doll Graveyard opens in 1911 with cute and innocent young girl Sophia playing with her unattractive dolls; a German army man complete with handlebar moustache, a samurai, a witch doctor, and a cute baby. She accidentally breaks a vase that belongs to her father, which sends him into a tiff. Sophia is made to dig a four-feet deep hole in the ground for the dolls to reside in. When Sophia slips and lands on her neck, killing herself in the process, her father simply throws the dirt on top of her and considers that chapter of his life finished.

We then cut to present-day L.A., where a divorcee and his two kids are living in that same house where Sophia was killed. Dad’s going out on a date, which leaves nerdy toy collector Guy and bitchy DeeDee to fight amongst each other. Guy finds the buried dolls, now very decrepit, while cleaning up the backyard. With Dad out of the house, DeeDee decides to have two girlfriends over for a night of drinking and pot smoking. Eventually two (obviously gay) jocks show up to crash the party, which bring the killer dolls to life.

Screenwriter August White fails to follow the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) rule at times with the lackluster connection between 1911 and the present day. Intricate storytelling is not what Full Moon fans rent movies for. Doll Graveyard delivers on the “killer dolls gruesomely off people” front, delivering a pleasant tale that actually has some decent special effects to boot.
DVD: A behind-the-scenes “Videozone” featurette that’s fun to watch, some decent bloopers, and a message from Charles Band.

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