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|“||It's time to play!||„|
|~ Dolly's most famous quote.|
Dolly is the main antagonist of the 1991 horror film Dolly Dearest, technically she was one of many possessed dolls in the film - however, there was a singular "Dolly" that seemed to have more hold over her human victims than the others and thus could arguably be the prime villain of the mob of demons.
Dolly and her many minions were the creations of Elliot Wade, an American who had gained possession of the Dolly Dearest doll company in Mexico and moved his family out in order to oversee the project - however, he was unaware that evil spirits had been disturbed from the archaeological site of a nearby tomb belonged to an ancient and tribal Mayan cult known only as Sanzia ("Satan on Earth" in Spanish) who once worshiped and feed the warm blood of slaughtered children to the mythological Devil Child that is so evil it nearly caused their extinction before they put the creature to its howling death and sealed it away. These roaming spirits that are actually split from the soul of the Devil Child itself, broke out of the tomb, quickly found a vessel to enter the mortal world in the form of the many dolls Elliot had made: much like in Child's Play, Elliot gave one of the dolls to his daughter Jessica to keep - this doll is known as "Dolly" and acts as the main antagonist since she tries to possess Elliot's daughter and corrupt her innocence.
After a few grisly murders, however, Elliot and his family along with become aware of Dolly and her plans, they fight back - climaxing in them blowing up the Dolly Dearest factory with dynamite: as Dolly and the other dolls explode the evil spirits are dispersed and peace seemingly restored to the area.
An American family's father, Elliot Wade, recently became the new owner of the Dolly Dearest factory in Mexico. Not so long ago, nearby the factory, lies an entrance to the tomb of Sanzia (Spanish for Satan on Earth) that is believed to be from a Mayan Cult. An archaeologist fascinated by the discovery ends up dead by attempting to break inside. Not only did he get himself killed from fallen debris, but also released an evil spirit that has been trapped within for hundreds of years. The evil spirit then finds refuge inside many dolls within the factory. The death of the archaeologist does not cease the plan of the opening doll factory. Upon the Wade's arrival from Los Angeles, they meet their solicitor, Estrella, and escorts them to their new beautiful home.
After getting acquainted with their new housekeeper, Camilla (Lupe Ontiveros), and home, Elliot and Estrella return to the vehicle. Curious about her father's factory, 7-year-old daughter Jessica asks to go with. Elliot does not object and even encourages Jimmy to come with them. Marilyn is the only family member that stays behind on the very first trip. Due to the lack of activities and maintenance, the secluded building (in and out) was covered with spiderwebs, dust, and looked very fragile. While exploring the factory in disappointment, Estrella briefly discusses the factory's history. During the conversation, Jessica leaves the group and goes to a different room. On a high shelf lies many dolls in excellent condition, thanks to the sheet that was covering them up. Outside, Jimmy finds what looks like an entrance to a cave protected by a wired-fence from future intrusion, unaware an archaeologist recently died there. As Jimmy questioned about that area, his father warned him to never go back there again. But being the highly inquisitive and curious character he is, he does not listen.
On the first night of their new home, Marilyn tucks Jessica in bed. They made brief conversations. This was the last night Jessica was herself before being manipulated by her new "playmate" doll, which she was allowed to bring home with her. As she fell asleep, Dolly becomes to life and looks at her. The next day, everything seems normal until Marilyn finds a disturbing and rebarbative drawing that Jessica drew. Although very curious, Marilyn does not confront her. As the day progresses, Marilyn begins to experience unusual activities and changes within her daughter. First, she mistook the sound of footsteps as Jessica when it was Dolly (although the movie indicates to the audience it is Dolly, but the Mother is unaware of it until later on). Second, Camilla has sent a Priest to bless the house. During the session, Jessica throws a temper tantrum while in the car with Marilyn and Jimmy. The outburst scares both her family. Upon reaching their home, the Priest is seen walking away as the Mother successfully calms her down. An awkward behavior, Jessica demands to have her Dolly (for comfort possibly) immediately. As the family walks inside the house, the daughter looks back and gives Camilla an evil look.
This prompts Camilla to think there is something wrong here. That night, Marilyn tells what happened today to Elliot. Thinking it is nothing to be worried about, he naively persuades everything is fine. But everything was not fine. Jessica becomes more distorted, otherwise violent, and highly obsessive with Dolly as the days go by. To not attract suspicion toward her father, Jessica would act normal when he is around, but resumes evil if not, threatening her Mother. Camilla believes it was the doll that was controlling Jessica. When the daughter spoke harshly in Sanzian language, she tried to warn the Mother, as Sanzia was a tribe of evil but to no avail and gets murdered. The mayhem continues as Jimmy sneaks out the house one night and breaks into the factory from an unlocked window. He finds the night watchman Luis, dead on the floor and flees. It turns out Luis died from a heart attack but in reality, the dolls came to life and toyed with him for a while. Struggling to escape, his hand got mangled in an active sewing machine. He was able to break free, however, but the sight of the wound and state of shock was apparently too much for him that led to his fate. As he was dying, the dolls made haughty giggles nearby.
While Jimmy explains his interest of the Mayan cult to his parents, few Sanzia facts such as "make an evil kid" and "devil child" suggests Jessica's doll had an uncanny connection with the archaeological dig. The Mother is still confused and distraught, so she now believes Jessica really is possessed and attempts to separate the two. The first try did not go well as Jessica warned her to not touch the doll. And when the Mother did not listen and sternly tells she's going to take the doll despite the daughter's demand, Jessica suddenly screams in a fit of uncontrollable rage and yells, "I WILL KILL YOU!" And to ensure the Mother understands to never intervene again, her child's voice has turned into centuries old hoarse of the evil spirit proclaiming, "the kid's mine!" The next day, Marilyn visits the dig for the first time and talks about the tribe with an archaeologist, Resnick (Rip Torn). After asking what they are looking for, Marilyn is told they are searching for the remains of the Sanzia devil child inside the tomb, which has not yet been opened. Resnick continues to explain the dangerous nature of the devilish child being truly evil and that it was fed by the warm blood of slaughtered children. It was then killed by the tribe because the slaughter of children almost caused their extinction. She then explains Jessica is being controlled by her doll and visits Camilla's sister, a nun at a convent. The nun already knew about her plight and even tells her that it's too late. Not giving up, Marilyn decides to take matters into her own hands.
At home, Dolly shows its true nature to Marilyn. Both have few words and the battle begins from there. The dolls at the factory disconnect the telephone line and even one says, "it's time to play." The mother goes back downstairs, loads ammo into the shotgun, returns back to Jessica's room, and finds the doll gone. It becomes a cat and mouse chase briefly then gets wary. While the mother is battling, Jimmy strives to contact his father. When not getting through, he then calls the operator, but is unable to communicate because he does not speak Spanish, hangs up, and assists his mom. When Jessica becomes separated, the mother snatches her up and the family runs for the front door, only to be blocked by Dolly, who is holding the car key. Marilyn threatens Dolly to move out the way, but the Dolly calls to Jessica and says, "it's time to play.". Jessica attacks their mother. The shotgun slides on the floor toward Jimmy, who stands there, stunned. As the mother and daughter struggle, Dolly starts advancing towards them with a kitchen knife. Jimmy clutches the weapon, after figuring out how it works, he aims it at Dolly. Before pulling the trigger, he says, "play with this, bitch!".
The impact of the bullet blast sends Dolly crashing through the door and Jessica becomes herself again. After regaining consciousness, Jessica embraces Marilyn and the family heads out to the factory to save their father. Resnick eventually opens the tomb, ignoring a mysterious woman's plea whom he encountered the night before to close the tomb and found the legend to be true after all. Inside, lies an infant in skeleton with a head of an animal and evacuates to warn Elliot. Elliot barely survived the attack and makes it out alive with sustained injuries. With the aid of Resnick, both of them planted dynamite inside the factory. The dolls tried to disarm them, but failed. Meanwhile, Jimmy planted dynamite at the pit. The bombs explode, killing the dolls inside and the family and Resnick watches as the factory burns to the ground.