Lest we forget, Transformers: Age of Extinction takes its original inspiration from a toy line that was introduced to America by Hasbro in 1984. Since then, we've seen many examples of toys or games that have become movies, though few have achieved the heights of worldwide success enjoyed by the Transformers franchise. Quite deservedly, the Autobots have become popular heroes in movie culture.
But what about toys that are themselves not so heroic, the ones that cause nightmares, the ones that you shouldn't let your children play with? You know: dolls? Here are some examples of scary toy dolls.
Director Stuart Gordon followed up his classics Re-Animator and From Beyond with an original tale of horror revolving around an old house and two kind, retired toy makers. Dolls are their specialty--weird, creepy dolls that prove to be sentient... and extremely protective of their masters.
Child's Play (1988)
Poor Karen (Catherine Hicks)! All she wanted to do was buy her six-year-old son exactly what he wanted for his birthday -- a talking "Good Guy" doll -- but money is tight for the widowed mother, so she buys one from a street vendor, and then barely lives to regret it when the doll turns out to be possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Dead Silence (2007)
"Billy" is a ventriloquist's doll, which means his appearance is playful yet functional. We learn exactly HOW functional "Billy" is when he kills a woman very early in the movie. It seems that "Billy" belonged to Mary Shaw, a pioneering ventriloquist who had greater power than anyone could have imagined. Directed by James Wan (see The Conjuring, below).
Toy Story 3 (2010)
The long-awaited sequel pleased both fans and critics with its hilarious comedy and well-considered drama, but no one could have predicted how terrifying a bear known as Lotso would be, going so far as abandoning the other toys behind on a conveyor belt rolling toward an incinerator and certain oblivion. (Note: the video clip is too potentially traumatic to include here.)
The Conjuring (2013)
What is it about director James Wan (Dead Silence) and dolls? In last summer's sleeper hit, Annabelle the doll played a key role, and was so memorably scary that she'll be getting her own spin-off movie this fall.