After the trauma of Martyrs I needed a return to silly horror, and Dolls was just the ticket. Made in 1987, it's a much more straight-forward comedy than director Stuart Gordon's previous two films, From Beyond and Re-Animator, due in large part to the performance of Stephen Lee as Ralph. (Sadly he died in 2014 at age 58 of a heart attack.)
Several years ago a friend and I came up with a concept for a killer doll movie that's so good I don't want to even share the premise here lest someone STEAL IT. Thankfully, Dolls, aside from the, you know, killer doll aspect, doesn't have much in common with our idea, just like Chucky, which came out a few years after Dolls, can't be accused of stealing from Dolls. I'm sure.
Casting note: the creepy lady in the mansion is played by Hilary Mason, and she also played the creepy blind lady in Don't Look Now.