Saturday, January 8, 2011

Living Doll (1990)

Howard is hopelessly in love with the flower girl upstairs, but she hardly even notices that he exists. When she ends up toe-tagged on one of his slabs in the morgue, Howard decides to take his work home with him... George Dugdale and Peter Mackenzie Litten present this nauseating tale of necrophilia with a morbid sense of humor. Like Buttgereit's NEKROMANTIK, the LIVING DOLL is much more than a simple gore spectacle. It is a look into the deteriorating mind of a man obsessed, where reality and fantasy are blurred as Howard imagines an idyllic life that he shares with Christine. Howard's LIVING DOLL is brought to life through a series of incredible special effects created by HELLRAISER's Paul Catling, whose oozing designs are frighteningly realistic and lend a great deal of credibility to the film along with the motionless Katie Orgill in the role of Christine. Litten and Dugdale attempt to even out their repulsive display with several lighter moments in the script and dialog, but the awkward performances by Mark Jax and Gary Martin can be extremely silly at times. LIVING DOLL is sure to shock and disgust, but most of its strength lies in watching Howard's spiraling decent into madness.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked LIVING DOLL, check out:
BEYOND THE DARKNESS, NEKROMANTIK, CANNIBAL MAN.

6 comments:

  1. It's good to see you getting into some Mondo Macabro releases. Their my favorite DVD company- bar none.

    As far as this film goes, I haven't seen it. I'll have to change that...

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  2. They really do have some fantastic releases, Alucarda being my favorite so far!

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  3. While not horror 'per se,' you definitely need to check out 'The Devil's Sword.'

    It's an Indonesian fantasy film with action and horror elements. It's trippy as hell at times, but very fun.

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  4. Nice, I hear that I need to see Mystics of Bali too, not sure who released it though

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  5. 'Mystics in Bali' is one of theirs. It's actually where the famous laugh comes from that's in their trailer video on every DVD.

    By the way, how cool is that? The song is so freaking catchy!

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  6. Oh nice lol, didnt have any idea!

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