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The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry
Child's Play is a 2019 American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, and a reboot of the 1988 film. A mother (Aubrey Plaza) gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware ...more
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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon
Child's Play is a 1988 American horror film directed by Tom Holland, written by Tom Holland, Don Mancini, and John Lafia, and starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad ...more
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Dead Silence is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
James Garner, Marlee Matlin, Scott Speedman
Dead Silence is a 1997 made-for-TV thriller based upon the Jeffery Deaver novel A Maiden's Grave. The plot of the book and the film, based upon a true incident, revolved around a group of 8 deaf ...more
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Trilogy of Terror is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison
Trilogy of Terror is a made-for-television anthology horror film, first aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on March 4, 1975. The film, directed by Dan Curtis, starred Karen Black. All three ...more
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Puppet Master is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Barbara Crampton, William Hickey, Irene Miracle
Puppet Master is a 1989 American horror film written by Charles Band and Kenneth J. Hall, and directed by David Schmoeller. It is the first film in the Puppet Master franchise and stars Paul Le ...more
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Magic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
Magic is a 1978 American psychological horror film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, and Burgess Meredith. The screenplay was by William Goldman, who ...more
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Saw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith
Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more
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Demonic Toys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Tracy Scoggins, Richard Speight, Jr.
Demonic Toys is an American film produced by Charles Band's Full Moon Entertainment and released in 1992. The film features small, killer toys similar to those seen in Puppet Master, a film ...more
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Annabelle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe
Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of ...more
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Dolly Dearest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Rip Torn, Denise Crosby, Lupe Ontiveros
Dolly Dearest is an American 1991 horror film starring Denise Crosby and Rip Torn. The movie was initially supposed to be direct-to-video, but did get a limited theatrical release in the
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Puppet Master II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Charlie Spradling, George Buck Flower, Alex Band
Puppet Master II is a 1991 direct-to-video horror film written by David Pabian and directed by Dave Allen. It is the second film in the Puppet Master franchise, the sequel to 1989's Puppet ...more
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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan
Goosebumps is a 2015 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Mike White and Darren Lemke. It is based on the children's book series of the same name by R. L. ...more
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Blood Dolls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Persia White, Phil Fondacaro, Nicholas Worth
Blood Dolls is a 1999 film directed by Charles Band.
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Dolls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Guy Rolfe, Stephen Lee, Hilary Mason
Dolls is a 1987 Italian-American horror film directed by Stuart Gordon. The film was shot in Italy in 1985 and released in 1987.
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Saw IV is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer
Saw IV is a 2007 Canadian-American horror film and the fourth installment of the Saw franchise. It was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by newcomers Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, ...more
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Trilogy of Terror II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Lysette Anthony
Trilogy of Terror II is a 1996 made-for-cable sequel to the 1975 television film, Trilogy of Terror, both directed by Dan Curtis. The film follows the formula of the original, with one female ...more
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Saw II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer
Saw II is a 2005 Canadian-American horror film, a sequel to 2004's Saw and the second installment in the seven-part Saw franchise, directed and co-written by Darren Lynn Bousman. Co-written with ...more
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Puppet Master III: Toulon's Re... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Ian Abercrombie, Sarah Douglas, Michelle Bauer
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge is a 1991 direct-to-video horror film written by Charles Band, C. Courtney Joyner and David Schmoeller, and directed by David DeCoteau. It is the third film ...more
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Saw III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg
Saw III is a 2006 Canadian-American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and story by James Wan and Whannell. Wan and Whannell directed and wrote Saw ...more
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Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Corey Feldman, Vanessa Angel, Silvia Šuvadová
Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys is a 2004 crossover horror film based on the characters of David Schmoeller and David S. Goyer. The film is written by C. Courtney Joyner and directed by Ted ...more
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Pinocchio's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Verne Troyer, Ron Canada, Larry Cedar
Pinocchio's Revenge is an American horror film released in 1996 by Trimark Pictures. Directed by Kevin S. Tenney, it stars New Zealand actress Rosalind Allen and Canadian actor Todd Allen who ...more
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Saw VII is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Betsy Russell, Chester Bennington, Cary Elwes
Saw VII is 2010 horror film written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by Kevin Greutert.
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Saw V is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Julie Benz, Meagan Good, Betsy Russell
Saw V is a 2008 Canadian-American horror film directed by David Hackl and written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan and stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark ...more
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Saw VI is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Shawnee Smith, Betsy Russell, Tobin Bell
Saw VI is a 2009 Canadian-American horror film directed by Kevin Greutert from a screenplay written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. It is the sixth installment in the seven–part Saw ...more
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Attack of the Puppet People is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
John Hoyt, John Agar, Michael Mark
Attack of the Puppet People is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction horror film directed, produced and written by Bert I. Gordon. It stars John Hoyt as an eccentric doll maker. It was ...more