Dolls & Horror

Bisques, fetish dolls, plush, ventriloquist dummies, voodoo dolls, worry dolls; dolls come in various shapes and forms. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring dolls ever released. How many have you seen?

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

An innocent allergic creature gives birth to a hoard of morphing monsters inside a commercial skyscraper after being exposed to water.
Feel-Good
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature
United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Character Focus: 
Mutant Film
Animals: 
Imaginary
Fluids: 
Water
Statues: 
Gargoyle
8
A great sequel with high ambitions!
8
7.04
8
8
4
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Effects
Gremlins 2 starts with a short Bugs Bunny gag as if to establish it is now a perked version of itself. It's slightly more suitable to a younger audience but it's dark enough to please anyone. It still feels like horror fantasy but it behaves much more like a sadistic cartoon. The previous protagonists aged a bit and their paths all happen to converge to a specific block in New York City.
Most of the plot takes place in a prestigious high-tech high rise used for business, commerce and science, giving Gremlins 2 a prestigious stature. None of it is taken seriously and it's hilarious. When things go bad; worse than they've been so far, the makers' ambition and skills shine through. The creatures are now fully lit, revealing more and even better animatronics than 1984's Gremlins'.
The concept of metamorphosis is pushed further and turned into an ongoing joke. The actors are given intricate roles and are a colorful delight. The animation techniques used have evolved. The production quality is higher, too, and the sets are very atmospheric. Perfect gateway to horror for kids, Gremlins 2 chooses to be fun, surrealist and comedic but doesn't forget its more sinister roots.
Alternate Titles: 
Gremlins 2
Gremlins Part 2
Gremlins II
Gremlins Part II
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Frankenstein Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 39 Frankenstein movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Dracula Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 34 Dracula movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Godzilla Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes the 36 first Godzilla movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.