Doll Boy DVD Review (Bell Cow Films)
Doll Boy is a 2010 horror short co-written, edited, produced, & directed by “Bloody” Bill Pon (Circus of the Dead, Mister Fister, & The Stork). It opens with the demented Noodledome the Clown (played by: visual fx artist Ryan Clapp from Circus of the Dead) with a yellow van full of kidnapped victims. He drops them all off in a dark dark warehouse that used to be an old Mexican flea market. They are Brandon (played by: Jed Duesler from Earthling & Circus of the Dead), Venus (played by: Venus Monique from Vindication, Genesis, & The Interval), Mr. Newton (played by: Dominic Lopez from Mordy to the Max & Earthling), Lorie (played by: Heather Francell), Raul (played by: Raul Gonzalez from Circus of the Dead), Angela (played by: Adrienne Martinez from Circus of the Dead), Sean (played by: Shawn Black), & Abigail (played by: Samantha Ankrum). This group of misfits includes an asshole, whiny dude, siblings, & a variety of other interesting characters. They are scrambling around lost with barely any light with no where to go. They seen creepy dolls & weird toys all over. The trapped victims start looking around in separate groups.
Out of no where you are introduced to the real life monster in this. Doll Boy (played by: Sergio Gracida from Circus of the Dead) attacks the unaware girl with his favorite weapon of choice, the sledge hammer! He bashes her head in & lets the blood spill all over his place. Everyone else is very unconformable in this unknown dirty & bizarre environment. They see Franken-Boy (played by: Drake Ankrum) running around with a creepy mask. They try to catch up with him looking for any information & any help they can get but have no luck. One of the girls crawls through a hole & finds Dead Girl (played by: Angelina Zorilla) laying on a bed plus other human remains. Members of the group start disappearing & dying one by one from the blood thirsty psychopath. They start to panic because they trapped & isolated in this living hell. It leads to a tragic event between the survivors. They find an exit & finally think they can escape this gruesome journey into madness. One notices an opportunity & throws the other under the bus to Doll Boy for a quick distraction! What comes around goes around because it doesn’t work out for this shady individual. What’s NEXT for this disrespectful person????
When the “Grindhouse coming attractions” logo comes on before any film it’s generally a good sign for what’s to come! Trailers for “Circus of the Dead” & “Mister Fister” come on before this living nightmare starts. It gets you ready for the mayhem that’s about to takeover your curious vision. The low budget visual style & dark surroundings add to the charm of this independent production. It is reminiscent of the early 80s slashers & the exploitation features that most of us grew up on back in the day during the home video craze. Doll Boy is a newer villain with a cool mask that could easily carry his own franchise in the future which is honestly very rare these days in the horror genre. It’s also the prequel to the great Circus of the Dead & it helped create a unique vibe for the independent scene. Bill Pon is an upcoming director that you should pay attention to because his work reminds us of the old school which cinema is desperately needing more of in today’s releases. Pon used his budget wisely with the the production design, location, music, & special fx. It feels bigger than what it was which is a great accomplishment for this type of production. It’s 27 minutes of pure entertainment, it’s a very fun ride that keeps you focused until the very end. I appreciate any modern day horror that feels like a throwback slasher flick, RECOMMENDED!!!!
You can buy it right now @ http://circusofthedeadmovie.com