The Curse of the Doll People (1961)

aka Munecos infernales
Article 1923 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-20-2006
Posting Date: 11-17-2006
Directed by Benito Alazraki and Paul Nagle
Featuring Ramon Gay, Elvira Quintana, Quintin Bulnes

Several men fall under the spell of a voodoo curse when they steal an idol from a temple. The curse takes the form of murderous dolls that stalk and kill their victims.

I have to confess that I find this movie a mixed bag. On the plus side, the killer dolls are truly unnerving. They bear the faces of their previous victims, and the effect is truly eerie; quite frankly, they’re some of the scariest monsters to come out of a Mexican horror movie. They also aren’t strictly automatons, and some of them actually end up engendering a certain amount of sympathy in the process. The zombie isn’t quite as effective, but he does add to the scares a little. On the down side, the pacing is pretty awful, and the repetitive and dull soundtrack really drag the movie down quite a bit. The dubbing is none too good, either, but I’m used to this enough that it didn’t really hurt as much as the pacing. Still, those dolls are certainly memorable, and for many people this may more than compensate for the movie’s weaknesses.


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