Movies Galore takes a look at director Heidi Moore’s feature film “Dolly Deadly” from 2016!

written by David Strege

Brought To Us by Wretched Productions director  Heidi Moore In association with Dreams For Dead Cats Productions and distributed by Chad Armstrong’s Legless Corpse Films in 2016 and was a smash underground Indie hit from what I understand.  

And having now watched director Heidi Moore’s  earlier films I can now proceed forward and watch Dolly Deadly because whenever I review a filmmaker’s film I normally tend to like to watch their career from the very beginning that I can so I can watch the progress…

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the film begins in a Trailer Park trailer where are young baby a boy is sitting on a bed filled with dolls watching his mother Tina Lyn (Nelson) get dressed and try to beautify herself.   Tina is a chain smoker and the trailer is filthy, there are all kinds of hornets infesting the windows And she decides to from what I understand change her hair color with some kind of new hair product the only thing is it starts to burn and goes right through her head to her brain and explodes… this was definitely the unique beginning… I’m really digging me special effects of this blow up…

Now I have actually watched Cassandra Sechler’s films as well so I’m sure that I will see her influence in the film as well since she kind of wrote this with Miss Moore.

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Little Benji (Justin Moore, I believe Heidi’s Son) which was the child’s name has now grown up and has been living with his Grandma Mitzie (West-Carroll) and Benji seems to live in his own little world as we see a segment where he is dancing in front of his mother’s dolls which are now his,  I love how we get to see what he could be imagining where he is tap dancing on a stage for his animated dolls…

Benji’s grandmother  Mitzie has a live-in boyfriend who all day long  just watches TV and drinks beer on her dime, they are both sick and tired although he could care less but sick and tired of watching him play with dolls when he should be doing boy things like playing baseball or hanging out with friends instead of dolls which is kind of a girly thing…  now while he has an imagination with these play things he still imagines that he sees his mother from time to time so there are flights of imagination that we are witness to like there’s a moment where it seems like he comes home from work and I’ll leave it to Beaver kind of attitude with a Pleasantville like experience. It also doesn’t help that the neighborhood kids make fun of him.

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Having to deal with the backlash of his grandmother and live-in boyfriend making fun of him every time he tries to have a little bit of fun Benji ends up at escaping from reality and starting to believe in his fantasy world of where he has created a world dolls that almost have a life of Their Own and he gets advice to Kill Them All… now there are some characters from the trailer park that we are introduced to like the man who claims to have been abducted by aliens wearing a tin foil hat on his head who talks about revenge being sweet  and another character Call The Rock Bottom who believes himself to a been one of the greatest comedians around that used to open up for a place down in Mexico.. so there are definitely some strange characters about…

So when the neighborhood kids take them into the woods and dress him up like the dolls that he plays with as a joke and all of the verbal abuse that led up to this Benji’s little mind kind of just snapped  and one by one he began to kill off the people that treated him like shit…

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I really enjoyed this film there were definitely a lot of color schemes that were throughout the film that were avant-garde and very fengshui definitely a New Age film a lot of Reds and greens and yellows and Blues for probably being on a very low budget this actually really looked like a really cool art project in a topsy-turvy kind of way.

I mean there would really wasn’t any real Bad acting involved I think that there are a lot of trailer park families that can relate to this kind of a environment.   but can our kid really grow up from knowing that his mother has died when he was very young and not grow up fucked up? I mean one does not blame the child for going into his own little world but you really feel bad for Benji because even though he played with dolls he  wasn’t really causing any real trouble until it all boiled together like a hard boiled egg I mean you can only treat someone bad for so long until they fight back. I thought the set design was awesome. I thought the soundtrack to the film was very unique and I think it was due to the personality of Justin Moore that made Benji all the more lovable because he really didn’t seem like he was that bad of a child.  

if this sounds like something that you would definitely watch Then I would seek the film out if I were you for a film about being different and revenge and about how one can turn into a killer  but how you can treat one another I would certainly recommend this feature for it is a unique independent little animal of its own making. I was entertained.

Here is the trailer:

Starring Justin Moore as Benji, Kimberly West-Carroll as Grandma Mitzi, Jay Sosnicki as Donald, Dana Nelson as Tina Lyn, Lawrence Moore as Kenny, Christopher Calvano as Homeless guy, Margaret Elysia Garcia as Client 1, Cassandra Sechler as Client 2, Paloma Couoh as Crystal, Donny Gonzalez as Rock Bottom, Joel Minden as News Anchor 1, Heidi Moore as Laundromat Girl, Gora Chand Saha as Tv Guy, Christopher Shafer as Dolly Krueger, Ryann Elizabeth Wright as Bunny Blogger.

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