Turning a usually beloved child’s toy into the stuff of nightmares has become commonplace in horror flicks, but why stop when it works so well? With Annabelle: Creation hitting cinemas tomorrow we thought it time to catch up with a few old creepy doll, erm, “favourites”. Don’t look at this just before bedtime, OK kiddies?
But it looks so cheer… No. No it doesn’t! No! No! No! Clowns are creepy, creepy clown dolls are creepier. Yeah, thanks for messing up our childhoods, Spielberg.
Saw series (2004-2010)
We suspect that James Wan either had a traumatic dolly experience as a child, or he’s a sadistic little so-and-so who just enjoys tormenting people. He’ll be back…
Child’s Play/Chucky series (1988-2017)
‘Good Guy’ doll (based on the real life ‘My Buddy’)? Call it that and you’re just asking it to be possessed by the spirit of a crazed serial killer. Yeah, good one, toy company.
Slappy the Dummy
H-e-e-e-e-e-re’s Slappy! Proving that ventriloquist’s dummies are inherently creepy – maybe it’s the hinged jaw? Or maybe it’s just everything about them? Shudder.
Dead Silence (2007)
Hey, is that a Slappy impersonator? Nope! We told you that bloody James Wan guy would be back, this time dropping another bad dream instigator upon us. He seriously needs to improve his naming regime though…
Toy Story (1995)
Yes, we know he’s had a sad, tormented life at the hands of that nasty little oik Sid, and that he’s an inherently good toy, but geez it still gives us the willies just looking at him.
Baby Button Eyes
The Simpsons – The Ziff Who Came to Dinner (2004)
The Simpsons did it! Surprisingly not from a Treehouse of Horror episode, possessed killer doll Baby Button Eyes (star of The Re-Deadening, now showing at the Springfield Googolplex) is an obvious tribute to many of the above and more.