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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

    Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza

    Released2019

    Directed byLars Klevberg

    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 of...  more

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    Child's Play

    Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks

    Released1988

    Directed byTom Holland

    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 Dourif....  more

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    Dead Silence

    James Garner, Marlee Matlin

    Released1997

    Directed byDaniel 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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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    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 dilapidated...  more

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    Puppet Master

    Barbara Crampton, William Hickey

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid 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 Mat,...  more

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    Magic

    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    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 also...  more

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    Trilogy of Terror

    Karen Black, George Gaynes

    Released1975

    Directed byDan Curtis

    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 segments...  more

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    Saw II

    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith

    Released2005

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

    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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    Attack of the Puppet People

    John Hoyt, John Agar

    Released1958

    Directed byBert 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
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    Dolls

    Guy Rolfe, Stephen Lee

    Released1987

    Directed byStuart 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....  more
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    Saw IV

    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith

    Released2007

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

    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, and...  more

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    Demonic Toys

    Tracy Scoggins, Richard Speight

    Released1992

    Directed byPeter 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 which...  more
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    Saw III

    Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer

    Released2006

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

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    Puppet Master II

    Charlie Spradling, George Buck Flower

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid 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 Master,...  more
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    Annabelle

    Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn R. Leonetti

    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 The...  more

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    Goosebumps

    Jack Black, Odeya Rush

    Released2015

    Directed byRob Letterman

    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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    Dolly Dearest

    Rip Torn, Denise Crosby

    Released1992

    Directed byMaria Lease

    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 Midwest....  more
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    When Puppets and Dolls Attack!

    Tracy Scoggins, Tim Thomerson

    Released2005

    Directed byTed Nicolaou, Charles Band

    When Puppets and Dolls Attack! is a 2004 horror DVD containing clips of kills from every Full Moon Features film about killer puppets, dolls, and toys....  more
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    Saw V

    Julie Benz, Meagan Good

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Hackl

    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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    Benny Loves You

    Karl Holt, David Wayman

    Released2020

    Directed byKarl Holt

    Benny Loves You is a 2020 American horror comedy directed by Karl Holt. A man desperate to improve his life throws away his beloved childhood plush, Benny. It's a move that has disastrous...  more

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    Saw VII

    Betsy Russell, Chester Bennington

    Released2010

    Directed byKevin Greutert

    Saw VII is 2010 horror film written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by Kevin Greutert....  more

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    Saw VI

    Shawnee Smith, Betsy Russell

    Released2009

    Directed byKevin Greutert

    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 franchise...  more

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    Blood Dolls

    Persia White, Phil Fondacaro

    Released2005

    Directed byCharles Band

    Blood Dolls is a 1999 film directed by Charles Band....  more
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    Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge

    Ian Abercrombie, Sarah Douglas

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid 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 in the...  more
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    Trilogy of Terror II

    Lysette Anthony

    Released1996

    Directed byDan 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 lead...  more