Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Death By Toy Soldiers’ From ‘Dolls’ (1987)

If you’ve ever had a fear of being killed by a bunch of little toy soldiers, I would leave the post now.  Ok – you’ve been warned.  And the reason I’m warning you is because on this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m highlighting a death scene that involves psychotic little toy soldiers from Stuart Gordon’s 1987 amazing little horror film, Dolls.

Not much needs to be set up for this clip, other than knowing that a punk rock girl goes snooping around where she shouldn’t, and finds her eyeless friend (an iconic image that was incorporated on the original VHS cover) and a bunch of creepy-ass dolls.  After she destroys a good majority of them, revealing their little skull faces under the porcelain – she encounters the toy soldiers.  Don’t let their drum taps and harmless bugle fool you…..they’re pissed off.

Horror Movie Posters I Love: Dolls (1987)

God bless the 80’s.  And God bless 80’s horror movie posters.  In the past when I’ve done this feature, I’m usually more in love with the poster art than I am with the actual movie.  But this time, there’s equal love going around because it’s all about 1987’s underrated Stuart Gordon classic:  Dolls.


I’m not going to gush about the actual movie, which is finally getting a proper Blu-ray release from Scream Factory very soon by the way, but I am going to gush about that poster.  To me, all great horror posters have a great tagline.  And in this case, “They Walk, They Talk, They Kill” is simple, but very effective.  Now let’s talk about the creepy half-skeleton face doll that’s prominent on the print.  If you’ve seen the movie, then you know there’s an equally great sight gag with eyeballs involved.  And for the poster, it definitely grabs your attention and your eyes (obvious pun intended).  Great poster, great movie, and a great way to reminisce about 80’s horror!