Dollman (1991)

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2.0 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 1/10

Tim Thomerson tries

The visuals are awful and the story is so-so

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Dollman

Studio:  Full Moon Entertainment

Genre(s):  Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure/B-Movie

Release Date(s):  November 27, 1991

MPAA Rating:  R

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Wow, Mr. Brick…that is a really crappy effect…

A police officer named Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson) pursues a criminal named Stolvan Sprug (Frank Collison) and ends up travelling through dimensions to end up on Earth.  There, Brick discovers he’s less than a foot tall and made himself the target of gang led by Braxton (Jackie Earle Haley) who is working with Sprug.  Brick must help a woman named Debi Alejandro (Kamala Lopez) and her son (Humberto Ortiz) and stop Braxton who is wielding Sprug’s dangerous weapons.

Directed by Albert Pyun, Dollman was part of Full Moon Entertainment’s series of films.  The low budget film was a straight-to-video release and had a comic spin-off limited series by Eternity Comics.

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Giant head in a small world…

Like most Full Moon Films, Dollman is cheap…very cheap.  Based on the old premise of a small man in a big world, Dollman taps into other films like The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) in its style, but despite being made over thirty years later manages to look worse.

With low budget films and poor actors, I wish Full Moon movies would work on their scripts more.  Some of their premises like Dollman are somewhat clever.  Unfortunately, premise doesn’t equal a good script and Dollman is a great example of this.

Tim Thomerson, who also starred in Full Moon’s Trancer series, tries to make a go of this film.  He plays Brick as a Dirty Harry type of character who does like women, children, or cockroaches.  He has little support from the rest of the cast though Jackie Earle Haley (who plays Braxton) did go on to be nominated for an Oscar (he also was part of the maligned Nightmare on Elm Street remake, so I guess it balances out).

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I can be an Oscar contender…I can be an Oscar contender…

What is inexcusable is that the movie doesn’t at least attempt to do more chromakey shots with Thomerson.  Miniaturized humans have been appearing for years in films and this movie didn’t even really try.  Brick usually appeared next to some dirt or other items…at least give him some oversized props for fun!

Dollman isn’t Full Moon’s best outing, but it is worth checking out if you watch other Full Moon features since he does pop-up on occasion in spin-offs films.  The movie doesn’t fall into the so-bad-it-is-good category, but really into the just bad films.  The movie has been released on DVD with Demonic Toys, and Dollman’s follow-up film from 1993:  Dollman vs. Demonic Toys.

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Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993)

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