Title: Black Devil Doll From Hell

Also known as:

Year: 1984

Genre: Horror / Exploitation

Language: English

Runtime: 73 min

Director: Chester Novell Turner

Writer: Chester Novell Turner

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0193013/

Helen, a God fearing and good Christian woman is surrounded by a world obsessed with sex while she still believes sex should only occur between a married couple, no matter what her desires tell her. After stopping by a strange store, Helen finds herself drawn to an unusual doll that supposedly has the ability to make a person's desires come true. When Helen takes the dummy home, she finds out that there is truth to that promise and there is a price that comes with it.

Our Thoughts:
At this point in time I think everyone is pretty familiar with the 1984 movie "Black Devil Doll from Hell" (NOT to be confused with the 2007 movie "Black Devil Doll") in some way, shape, or form. Even if you don't know much about this movie you've probably at least heard the title from some movie geek. As it has become one of the more widely sought after and talked about cult-underground flicks from the 80's, and its SOV no less.

Everything you've heard about this movie is true; it has almost no redeeming qualities, completely crass, damn near unbearable, cheap, poorly made, and quite funny too. I'm extremely curious as to what was going through Chester Novell Turner's mind when he decided to come up with "Black Devil Doll from Hell." The idea really comes from the absolute bottom of the barrel in the world of trashy cinema. A woman getting fucked by a possessed doll...How do you come up with that? Or better yet, how do you find someone willing to star in a movie like that? Especially one that couldn't have had a budget that was bigger than a buck-fifty.

Now there is more to the movie than just being about a woman and a doll bumpin' uglies, but truthfully, everything else doesn't matter. The movie is about Helen, a god fearing woman, who has the misfortune of buying a demonic doll who rapes her one night, and as a result flips her world upside down. Because the verbally abusive and offensive doll was Helen's "first time", she jumps from man to man trying to fill her void but apparently nothing compares to a wooden shaft. Or maybe because the guys didn't call her a bitch every five seconds. Who knows. Anyway, she tracks down her little man at the same store she bought it from earlier and wants him to come back to her but instead she learns the true power of the devilish doll.

I guess I or we should appreciate the attempt at a legitimate story instead of having "Black Devil Doll from Hell" acting only as a complete blaxploitation sleaze fest. Then there is the whole religious angle to the story with Helen going down a path of debauchery and giving up god all because of one night of creepy stomach-turning passion. That could be viewed as being a deep rooted message amongst all the crazy smut that goes on. Then again, when you actually watch this movie that looks like it might have been made because of a drunken bet. Everything else beyond the relationship between the doll and Helen feels rather pointless as it will either put you to sleep or you and you're friends will be ripping on it like nobodies business.

For me, after the first time I saw "Black Devil Doll from Hell" I honestly couldn't believe that such a movie existed. The movie is so unbelievably strange and not just because of the story, but because of how it was made and the way it was made with Chester trying to cut corners from his obvious budget constraints. "Black Devil Doll from Hell" is the epitome of absurd cinema. It tests the fortitude of its viewers by being a total trash fest while also being completely horrible. Because almost every aspect of the movie is so poor "Black Devil Doll from Hell" borders on being unwatchable. Only those with the best sense of humor and the ability to enjoy the worst in z-grade movies will appreciate this flick.

Positive things:
- Its not everyday you see a movie where a demonic doll sexually ravages and verbally abuses a Christian woman.
- The doll's tongue is probably one of the creepiest things in a horror movie ever.
Negative things:
- The question of, "Were splinters involved?" Never gets answered.
- Some of the most irritating music you will ever hear.
- Technically, everything.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 3/5

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