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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
    1
    Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Tom Holland
  • Child's Play
    2
    Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Lars Klevberg
  • 3
    James Garner, Marlee Matlin, Scott Speedman
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Daniel Petrie
  • Puppet Master
    4
    Paul Le Mat, Irene Miracle, Matt Roe
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: David Schmoeller
  • Magic
    5
    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Richard Attenborough
  • Trilogy of Terror
    6
    Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Dan Curtis
  • Saw
    7
    Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: James Wan
  • Dolls
    8
    Ian Patrick Williams, Carrie Lorraine, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Stuart Gordon
  • Demonic Toys
    9
    Tracy Scoggins, Richard Speight, Jr.
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Peter Manoogian
  • Puppet Master II
    10
    Charlie Spradling, George Buck Flower, Alex Band
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: David W. Allen
  • Saw II
    11
    Donnie Wahlberg, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Darren Bousman
  • Annabelle
    12
    Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: John R. Leonetti
  • Dolly Dearest
    13
    Denise Crosby, Sam Bottoms, Rip Torn
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Maria Lease
  • Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys
    14
    Corey Feldman, Vanessa Angel, Silvia Šuvadová
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Ted Nicolaou
  • Trilogy of Terror II
    15
    Lysette Anthony
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Dan Curtis
  • Saw III
    16
    Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Bahar Soomekh
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Darren Bousman
  • Benny Loves You
    17
    Karl Holt, David Wayman, Catriona McDonald
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Karl Holt
  • Saw IV
    18
    Tobin Bell, Scott Gordon-Patterson, Betsy Russell
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Darren Bousman
  • Goosebumps
    19
    Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Rob Letterman
  • Saw V
    20
    Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Gordon-Patterson
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: David Hackl
  • Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
    21
    Ian Abercrombie, Sarah Douglas, Michelle Bauer
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: David DeCoteau
  • Saw VII
    22
    Betsy Russell, Chester Bennington, Cary Elwes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Kevin Greutert
  • Saw VI
    23
    Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Kevin Greutert
  • Demonic Toys 2
    24
    Leslie Jordan, Selene Luna, Elizabeth Bell
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: William Butler
  • Pinocchio's Revenge
    25
    Rosalind Allen, Lewis Van Bergen, Tara Hartman
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Kevin Tenney