19 April 2024
Curse of the Doll People (1960)
83 min.
Directed by Benito Alazraki.
With Elvira Quintana, Ramón Gay, Roberto Rivera, Quintín Bulnes, Nora Veryán, Luis Aragón, Jorge Mondragón, Xavier Loya.
Whaddaya know? This 1960 Mexican cheapie is actually a creepy little number.

On a vacation in Haiti, four scientists visit a strange temple and steal a mysterious voodoo idol. Once home, they start to feel a bit guilty about this latest academic acquisition. Karina (Quintana), one of their colleagues, warns the men about keeping the statue.

But it's too late. The sanctuary's high voodoo priest (Bulnes) is determined that these foreigners pay the price for their transgression.

One by one, the men begin to be stalked - and murdered - by diminutive little doll people wielding long, sharp needles!

This Mexihorror is one weird cookie, to say the least. But it's a heckuva lot of fun. To experience the full effect, skip the badly dubbed English version and instead view the original Spanish language cut.

Most of the acting is surprisingly subdued (except for Bulnes, who exults as the evil witch doctor), and there are number of enjoyable sequences.

The midgets - uh, 'doll people' - are scary little folks, and director Alazraki keeps the action moving along at a clip. Best scene: one of the dolls gets a bit zealous when he contemplates killing a young girl not on the Master's hit list. (What the hey, we say go for it.)

Spanish title: Muñecos infernales. Also known as Devil Doll Men.

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