DOLL BOY (2010)

Written by: Richard Taylor.

Billy Pon has exploded on the scene with his latest indie horror smash Circus Of The Dead which caused quite a stir in the indie scene and its easy to see why because it was a cavalcade of under  the big top insanity courtesy of actor Bill Oberst Jr. playing the lead Poppa Corn with his brood of menacing clowns.  Pon takes an over the top idea and makes it work nicely, it just wallows in gleeful and evil insanity and is pulled off to an extent that treads over your standard horror fare.  

I had to check out Pon's earlier short Dollboy which is connected to Circus Of The Dead.  If you remember Dollboy was a part of Circus Of The Dead, then Noodledome the clown (Ryan Clapp) also makes an appearance in this one.  Dollboy really surprised me due to its brutality and take no prisoners story line much the same as Circus Of The Dead did and you can see the talent Pon displays here with the lower budget and limited time frame.  This short is probably one of the best I've seen in awhile because its so fast paced, has some great atmosphere and genuinely terrifying scenes.

At the beginning of Dollboy we get a couple of trailers for Circus Of The Dead and Mister Fister. This trailer for Circus Of The Dead was evidently a rougher cut before they actually made the feature length film because it became a high grade professional looking production.  The other trailer for Mister Fister takes a completely tasteless and sick humored idea and turns it into what may become another high grade indie production under Pon's belt.  I am excited as hell to see the kind of shit Pon pulls off if he makes a full length feature out of Mister Fister.

Dollboy starts with a bang as a van drives drives up to an isolated warehouse.  The side door of the van slides open and right from the start the viewer is bombarded with  a bunch of bound, gagged  terrified people who have been abducted for reasons unknown to take part in a sick stalk and slash (or in this case stalk and sledgehammer) game of cat and mouse.  The part of this intro with the hostages in the van which really took it to another level is the fact that a young toddler girl was also abducted and is obviously terrified and crying, an angle which I thought really shocked to a higher level and the fact that they separate her from her distraught mother.  After witnessing that intro I was wondering what kind of savage film I was in store for.

The characters are quickly established and the most despicable being Jed Duesler as Brandon. Duesler plays the absolute scum bag of Dollboy, probably even more despicable than actor Sergio Gracida playing Dollboy himself.  Brandon is concerned more about finding his Rolex than being capable of showing compassion to any of his fellow abductees.  Brandon takes the term survival of the fittest and replaces it with survival of the slimiest but it makes you wonder with the &me syndrome& of modern society that Duesler's character is actually a common denominator in any group of people.

Dollboy stalks all the people through the dark shambling halls of ran down buildings which I believe was said to be an old market.  No one is spared as Dollboy uses his trusty sledgehammer to pound flesh, meat and bone into pulverized mounds of mauled gore.  The violence is jaw dropping and savage with stomach turning effects by Def Con and the movie never gives the viewer time to get bored because Dollboy is always offing some poor sap or in hot pursuit.  I like the camera work in this especially with little touches like seeing  a reflection Dollboy raising his hammer to strike  in a pool of blood next to a paralyzed victim waiting to receive the final death pummeling.  I also like how they try to show and give some insight in Dollboys background by showing his lair with the collection of twisted artifacts which litter his abode.

Dollboy is able to take an over used and standard horror formula and emphasize particular aspects making it original and entertaining.  I highly recommend Dollboy and Circus Of The Dead and wait to see what territory Pon decides to explore next especially if its about a psycho who dispatches his victims by fist fucking them to death!  Pon is an indie director to follow closely and I wish him all the best so pick up a copy of Circus Of The Dead and Dollboy for some kick ass balls out stellar indie horror.  

Rating: 4 out of 5

Directed by: Billy Pon
Written by: Lee Ankrum, Billy Pon
Produced by: Lee Ankrum, Billy Pon
Cinematography by: Eddie Garcia
Editing by: Billy Pon
Music by: ?
Special Effects by: Def Con F/X
Cast: Jed Duesler, Venus Monique, Dominic Lopez, Heather Francell, Raul Gonzalez,
Adrienne Martinez, Shawn Black, Ryan Clapp, Sergio Gracida, Samantha Ankrum

Year: 2010
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 27min

Distributor: Bloody Bill Productions