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BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL
(1984)
Reviewed by Joseph Bannerman
Rating: 9 Beans

foul-mouthed ventriloquist dummy terrorizes a defenseless religious zealot. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but there's a reason for that. It's because, simply, it is ridiculous. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most ridiculous films I have ever seen.

Exquisitely shot on on a Radio Shack's top-of-the-line camcorder (or maybe next to the top, or just one below that..definitely within the upper portion of the line, definitely), The director, Chester Turner, tells the story of a kindly Bible-thumper who purchases a ventriloquist dummy only to find that this is no Charlie McCarthy or Lester. This dummy falls more into the Andrew "Dice" Clay or Randy West category of ventriloquy. He doesn't like singing, or talking while you drink a glass of water, he likes to antagonize, swear like a trucker and fornicate. And we, the viewers, get to see it all.

How does the puppet move? Do they use strings? CGI? Conventional animation? Nope, whenever the doll moves you only see him from the waist-up due to the fact that the..*cough*.."puppeteer"..is cleverly hiding behind the bed/couch/whatever shaking him back and forth, to and fro, simulating "movement". It's the same stop-motion technique I used with my GI Joe's when I was about four. So, perhaps Chester Turner can be considered a sort of "Renaissance" director. Hey, I'm just trying to be nice.






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