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The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies 

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Updated October 1, 2019 1k votes 168 voters 7.4k views 38 items

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lars Klevberg

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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

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tom Holland

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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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

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

Released: 1975

Directed by: Dan Curtis

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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

Released: 1989

Directed by: David Schmoeller

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

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

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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

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

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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.

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Manoogian

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

Released: 2014

Directed by: John R. Leonetti

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Puppet Master II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Charlie Spradling, George Buck Flower, Alex Band

Released: 1991

Directed by: David W. Allen

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) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Rob Letterman

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Dolly Dearest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Rip Torn, Denise Crosby, Lupe Ontiveros

Released: 1992

Directed by: Maria Lease

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Saw IV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

Released: 2007

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

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Blood Dolls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Persia White, Phil Fondacaro, Nicholas Worth

Released: 2005

Directed by: Charles Band

Blood Dolls is a 1999 film directed by Charles Band.
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Dolls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Guy Rolfe, Stephen Lee, Hilary Mason

Released: 1987

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

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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Trilogy of Terror II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Lysette Anthony

Released: 1996

Directed by: Dan Curtis

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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

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Puppet Master III: Toulo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Ian Abercrombie, Sarah Douglas, Michelle Bauer

Released: 1991

Directed by: David DeCoteau

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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

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Saw VII is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Betsy Russell, Chester Bennington, Cary Elwes

Released: 2010

Directed by: Kevin Greutert

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Saw V is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Julie Benz, Meagan Good, Betsy Russell

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Hackl

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Saw VI is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Shawnee Smith, Betsy Russell, Tobin Bell

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kevin Greutert

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Puppet Master vs Demonic... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Corey Feldman, Vanessa Angel, Silvia Šuvadová

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ted Nicolaou

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Pinocchio's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
Verne Troyer, Ron Canada, Larry Cedar

Released: 1996

Directed by: Kevin S. Tenney

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Attack of the Puppet Peo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Puppets and Dummies
John Hoyt, John Agar, Michael Mark

Released: 1958

Directed by: Bert I. Gordon

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