10 Creepy Dolls in Horror Movies

Movie HorrorLists by Joey Paur

Dolls can be scary as hell. My family has had a creepy-ass doll lying arounds for years, and we use that thing to scare the living shit out of each other. We will hide it in places where the victim would least suspect it. We've gotten some good scares and hilarious laughs with that thing. It's terrifying! I passed by that doll in the garage today and it inspired me to write up a top 10 list of creepiest dolls in movies. 



This jacked-up tricycle-riding doll is a very bad premonition. This is something you'd never want to come across for real because it means pain is coming. It offers the person watching it nothing but bad news. Even though the doll is never actually referred to as Billy in the movies, it was reportedly known behind the scenes as the Billy Doll.

Fats the ventriloquist dummy


This movie made me give up my dream of wanting to become a ventriloquist. Anthony Hopkins starred in Magic as the ventriloquist who is at the mercy of his own freaky doll. At the same time he's trying to spark up a little romance with a high school fling. This was definitely an interesting psychological thriller.



"If you can't find a friend, make one." Yeah, that might not be the best thing to do. This movie is packed full of all kinds of insanity that includes homicidal impulses and cannibalism. The eeriest part about this movie, though, is May's relationship with her doll Suzie. This movie was full of awkward, uncomfortable moments.

The Clown Doll


I freakin' hate this thing. After seeing Poltergeist for the first time when I was a kid, I knew I would never like clowns again. It didn't have a lot of screen time in the movie, but it sure made a hell of an impression when it tried to kill that little kid! 

All the dolls


This movie is just completely full of dolls that you would never ever want to find lurking around in your home. The dolls in this movie are possessed by immortal souls cursed by witches and forced to pay for their crimes by being imprisoned in these toys. So, of course, they go around killing people in the most brutal ways.


(Puppet Master)

Just the look of this things face is enough to give a person nightmares. That vicious smirk on his face gives him a homicidal look of death. Apparently the look is modeled after David Schmoeller’s muse, actor Klaus Kinski, and the resemblance is ridiculous. 


(Dead Silence)

“Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children, only dolls. And if you see her, do not scream, or she’ll rip your tongue out at the seam.”

Director James Wan has a talent for bringing nightmarish dolls to life in his films. Before he took on Annabelle, he made a movie that was packed full of horrifying ventriloquist dolls. Billy was the creepiest out of all of them. Those eyes just looked like they wanted to destroy you.

Dolly Dearest

(Dolly Dearest)

This is a horrible, horrible, horrible doll! This nasty little jerk was responsible for a series of terrible accidents that caused the family an undeserved amount of grief. It's never a good thing when toys come to life when they are taken over by a malicious spirt hellbent on chaos.


(The Conjuring)

This doll has to be on the list because, well, it's freaking terrifying! This thing is based on a real haunted doll that actually exists. It was one of the scariest aspects of the movie even though it wasn't a main part of the story. That doll was just always brooding in the back of my mind throughout the film. It definitely made an impact on the audience.

Zuni Doll

(Trilogy of Terror)

This thing is an absolute maniac! The first time I saw this thing I couldn't help but laugh, but it's still a pretty creepy design. The doll is a misshapen aboriginal warrior equipped with razor sharp teeth and a spear. It came along with a scroll claiming that the doll contains the actual spirit of a Zuni hunter named "He Who Kills." The doll comes to life and attacks its owner.

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