The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies

Puppets are already creepy enough on their own, but horror movies about puppets take it to another level. This list ranks the scariest movies about evil puppets and dummies, including cult classics, modern horror movies, and everything in-between. We've included the Saw franchise for this list, because although the films aren't really about Billy the Puppet, he is still the mascot of the series and probably the most iconic horror movie puppet of all time.

You can't go wrong with the Puppet Master series if you're looking for scary puppet movies. Even the Goosebumps movie with Jack Black is a decent choice if you're looking for a horror movie about a dummy, and it's definitely one of the rare scary movies you can watch with your kids.

Vote up the best horror movies about puppets and dummies below, and downvote any films that you've seen but did not enjoy. Then, be csure to check out our list of the best scary doll movies.

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  • Child's Play
    Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Tom Holland
  • Child's Play
    Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Lars Klevberg
  • Magic
    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Richard Attenborough
  • 4
    James Garner, Marlee Matlin, Scott Speedman
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Daniel Petrie
  • Puppet Master
    Paul Le Mat, Irene Miracle, Matt Roe
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: David Schmoeller
  • Trilogy of Terror
    Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Dan Curtis
  • Saw
    Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: James Wan
  • Dolls
    Ian Patrick Williams, Carrie Lorraine, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Stuart Gordon
  • Demonic Toys
    Tracy Scoggins, Richard Speight, Jr.
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Peter Manoogian
  • Puppet Master II
    Charlie Spradling, George Buck Flower, Alex Band
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: David W. Allen
  • Saw II
    Donnie Wahlberg, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Darren Bousman
  • Annabelle
    Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: John R. Leonetti
  • Dolly Dearest
    Denise Crosby, Sam Bottoms, Rip Torn
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Maria Lease
  • Trilogy of Terror II
    Lysette Anthony
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Dan Curtis
  • Saw III
    Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Bahar Soomekh
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Darren Bousman
  • Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys
    Corey Feldman, Vanessa Angel, Silvia Šuvadová
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Ted Nicolaou
  • Benny Loves You
    Karl Holt, David Wayman, Catriona McDonald
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Karl Holt
  • Saw IV
    Tobin Bell, Scott Gordon-Patterson, Betsy Russell
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Darren Bousman
  • Goosebumps
    Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Rob Letterman
  • Saw V
    Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Gordon-Patterson
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: David Hackl
  • Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
    Ian Abercrombie, Sarah Douglas, Michelle Bauer
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: David DeCoteau
  • Saw VII
    Betsy Russell, Chester Bennington, Cary Elwes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Kevin Greutert
  • Pinocchio's Revenge
    Rosalind Allen, Lewis Van Bergen, Tara Hartman
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Kevin Tenney
  • Saw VI
    Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Kevin Greutert
  • Blood Dolls
    Persia White, Phil Fondacaro, Nicholas Worth
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Charles Band