Mezco’s Living Dead Dolls continue to grow, including these brilliant and disturbing takes on film favorites. For as long as anyone can remember, kids have played with small, sometimes cuddly toy takes on humans. And since then, these playthings have offered plenty of scare potential for anyone who’s stumbled across those beady black eyes in the middle of the night!
Collectible company Mezco has been producing Living Dead Dolls for over 15 years, combining classic horror genres with a toy format that’s never gone out of style.
Blumhouse.com covered some of the best original LDDs already, so we figured it’s time to take a look at the best, coolest and downright eeriest dolls based on some of our favorite films!
Arguments can be made both for and against Stanely Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE inclusion as a horror film, but it feels safe to say that Malcolm McDowell’s Alex proves a horrible character that you wouldn’t want to run into. The Living Dead Doll version comes with the steely gaze McDowell brought to the part, but also the quintessential bowler hat, white duds and big black boots.
Whether you first came upon the series with the original Japanese films or the U.S. remake, the Ringu films all revolve around the creepy image of a long-haired girl in a nightgown crawling through technology. The Living Dead Doll version takes its specifics from the 2012 Japanese film SADAKO 3D, but still captures the classic look from the earlier films. Hopefully a Kayako’s in the works so we can make our own RINGU/JU-ON crossover films.
The Ghost With The Most might only have one film to his name, but love for Beetlejuice doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. To that point, Mezco’s made three LDDs based on Michael Keaton’s iconic character, plus a Lydia. The regular and Hot Topic-exclusive red tux version both look fantastic, but they don’t hold a candle to the Showtime version which comes with roll-out arms, carousel head and attachable hammers to send pretentious 80s grown-ups through the roof!
It’s a little strange how perfectly some characters fit into the Living Dead Doll style. Sam from TRICK ‘R TREAT is definitely one of them. From the canvas mask down to his footie feet, Mike Dougherty’s number one horror son comes ready to torment Brian Cox. Not only is the mask removable, but he also comes with that horrendous lollipop and the sack.
When it comes to disturbing dolls on the big screen, Chucky still reigns supreme. The CHILD’S PLAY star might have started out as the very human killer Charles Lee Ray, but he’ll always be the battered Good Guy in our heads. If you’re looking to unite the tiny murderer with his lady love, you’re in luck because Tiffany also got the LDD treatment!
Of the Universal Monsters LDD options — which also include Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein and Dracula — we just can’t get enough of the Creature from the Black Lagoon! The star of the 1954 black-and-white monster flick looks like he’s ready to take a swim under Julie Adams’ Kay right out of the box. The green guy comes covered in scales from his gills to his his clawed feet.
Most horror icons tend to lean more towards the dark side than the light, but the best of the best rise to the top and get Living Dead Dolls. And, of course, Bruce Campbell’s Ash from EVIL DEAD 2 tops the list. The beat-up LDD comes complete with torn-up clothes, chainsaw hand, shotgun and even a copy of the Necronomicon. If you prefer Deadite Ash, he’s also available as an exclusive on Mezco’s site.
Freddy Krueger entered the Living Dead Doll family back when the remake came out, but Mezco also put out a classic version based on Robert Englund’s portrayal of the character in the original Nightmare on Elm Street series. This version comes with a tiny doll-suzed right hand wrapped in the infamous glove, a more vintage burned visage and the fedora and sweater that no one ever wants to see, especially in their dreams.
Given its status as one of the most influential and popular zombie franchises of all time, you’d think George A. Romero’s Living Dead films would have more collectible representation. Mezco’s making up for that now with not one, but two DAWN OF THE DEAD Living Dead Dolls. The Flyboy one gets major kudos for doll-ifying David Emge so perfectly, right down to his post-bite green skin. Better yet? He automatically comes with the Plaid Shirt Zombie in a 2-pack so they can stalk your mall dollhouse together!
Alfred Hitchcock helped changed the horror game with 1960’s PSYCHO. Anthony Perkins gave an incredible performance as Norman Bates filled with subtlety and madness. The latter really comes through in the Living Dead Doll take on the character, which comes dressed as Mother. If you’re looking to complete one of the most memorable scenes in cinema history, you can also get the Marion Crane doll. Putting the backs of both boxes together will help recreate the shower scene set!