PLAYING WITH DOLLS aka METALFACE (2015) Reviews and overview

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‘Meet the world’s most ruthless serial killer’

Playing with Dolls – aka Cinderella: Playing with Dolls and Metalface – is a 2015 American slasher horror feature film directed by Rene Perez from a screenplay co-written with Barry Massoni. The movie stars Natasha Blasick, Richard Tyson, Charlie Glackin and Alanna Forte.


A serial killer is purposely released from an asylum for the criminally insane so that he can continue his rampage…

In the UK, the movie was released on DVD on January 16, 2017, as Leatherface

A sequel, Playing with Dolls: Bloodlust, was released in 2016 and Playing with Dolls: Havoc arrived in 2017.



“Once the story sends Cindy to the cabin in the woods, the second act of the film offers very little to no dialogue for long periods of time. When the story finally leads a group of characters into the woods to fall victim to our masked killer, the result is ultra-violent, bloody, and very much welcome.” HNN

Leatherface, as it’s now called, is simply devoid of the hedonistically cheap and trashy vibe that the superior sequel possesses, not to mention its brisk pace. Prepare to hold your head in your hands at the levels of Ed Woodian continuity as we switch from snow-caked landscapes to leafy autumnal scenes and back again, during an interminable wait for anything remotely interesting to happen.” The Schlock Pit

“This mild-tempered slasher features does not offer enough hack and slash. Though the interaction between the two villains offered a new layer. Other characters are mostly flat, with most getting very little dialogue. The cat-and-mouse sequences were drawn out for too long.” 28 Days Later Analysis



“One of the characters actually unveils the plot and backstory through dialogue (mind you, this is about 70 minutes into an 80-minute movie) and has to explain what a snuff movie is. All this combined with delivery that would make the Digiorno’s CEO rage with anger makes for a hell of a struggle.” Letterboxd



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