TV and Movies·Posted on Jan 23, 202319 Creepy Doll Movies & TV Episodes To Watch After M3GANThese little freaks walked so that M3GAN could dance.by William BarriosBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink We've known dolls were creepy way before M3GAN. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Team Coco / giphy.com And dolls aren't just creepy when they're holding knives and following you with their eyes. Researchers have found that they're scary on a psychological level. Your brain is disturbed by the fact that you're looking at a face with no mind. So when that "mindless" doll moves from where you last left it or, you know, murders you, it's even creepier. And these are 19 of the creepiest. 1. Child's Play (1988) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF MGM / giphy.com It may not have been the first, but Child's Play is the definitive killer doll movie. Possessed by the soul of a serial killer, Chucky is the best to ever do it. 2. Annabelle (2014) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Warner Bros. / giphy.com This porcelain poltergeist was inspired by a real Raggedy Ann doll also named Annabelle. Some believe that the Raggedy Ann was also possessed, but I'll leave that to the paranormal experts to decide. 3. Poltergeist (1982) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF MGM / giphy.com One of the best haunted house movies of all time, the scares in Poltergeist come from all over the house (and even out of the TV). Besides Heather O'Rourke's iconic "They're heeere," the nightmarish clown that attacks Robbie has stuck with people the most. 4. "Living Doll" — The Twilight Zone (1963) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF CBS / giphy.com Creepy doll movies date back to 1929 with the Great Gabbo, but The Twilight Zone's "Living Doll" episode established a lot of the tropes we still see in the subgenre today. For example, turning innocuous catchphrases into sinister threats. The doll, Talky Tina, goes from saying, "My name is Talky Tina and I love you very much," to "My name is Talky Tina and I’m going to kill you." A classic.The mother who gives her daughter the doll is also named Annabelle. Coincidence, or haunted connection? 5. The Boy (2016) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF STX Entertainment / giphy.com Did you know you can buy a Brahms doll on Etsy? One customer who bought the doll gave an excellent five-star review: "I received a very nice Brahms doll. I will live with a cat. Thank you very much." 6. Dolls (1987) View this video on YouTube Scream Factory This is an interesting spin on the creepy doll formula because the story isn't about a seemingly innocent toy that starts acting up. Instead, a couple brings the dolls to life and has them kill adults who become stranded at their home, while children are allowed to live. They also transform some victims into dolls, making for one of the most brutal scenes in the movie. 7. Saw (2004) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Lionsgate / giphy.com Jigsaw's puppet, Billy, may simply be a mouthpiece for the serial killer rather than a sentient being, but that makes him even creepier to me. He's a lot less threatening on the tricycle, though. 8. Magic (1978) View this video on YouTube 20th Century Fox Starring Anthony Hopkins, Magic is about a man suffering from a mental illness that, at the time, was referred to as split-personality disorder. In the movie, a homicidal part of the character's mind is funneled into his ventriloquist dummy.But perhaps the scariest thing of all was how little we knew about dissociative disorders back then. 9. Dead Silence (2007) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Pictures / giphy.com Directed by James Wan, a veteran of horror, this is another movie where humans are turned into dolls. But unlike in Dolls, no one is spared this time. There's also a great twist that I won't reveal here, but suffice it to say it involves dolls. 10. Deep Red (1976) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Cineriz / giphy.com From legendary Italian director Dario Argento (he also did the original Suspiria), the doll in this movie appears only briefly, but like the clown in Poltergeist, it sticks with you.The doll is just in one quick scene, but as Keith Phipps of the A.V. Club said: "Operating under the principle that a moving camera is always better than a static one – and not above throwing in a terrifying evil doll – Deep Red showcases the technical bravado and loopy shock tactics that made Argento famous."And Maitland McDonagh has suggested in her book, Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, that the doll in this clip was the inspiration for Billy, the doll in Saw. 11. Puppet Master (1989) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Paramount / giphy.com Coming out the year after Child's Play, Puppet Master cashed in on the creepy doll hype by featuring six murderous marionettes rather than just one. You've got Blade (pictured above), Jester, Kahn, Pinhead (no relation to the Hellraiser franchise), Tunneler, and who could forget Leech Woman? 12. Dolly Dearest (1991) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Lionsgate / giphy.com Having pretty much the same plot as Annabelle, Dolly Dearest is a doll that gets possessed by Sanzia. In the film, Sanzia was a Mayan devil-child who is also called "Satan on Earth." The unique spin this movie puts on the formula is that it turns out the whole Dolly Dearest factory is possessed by Sanzia, leading to an army of Dollys. 13. Demonic Toys (1992) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Full Moon Entertainment / giphy.com Another day, another demonic soul released. In Demonic Toys, however, the demon has one of the clearest goals out of any of these movies. Rather than general bloodshed and mayhem, the demon soul is trying to enter the body of a pregnant woman's unborn child.Naturally, the demon chooses a Baby Oppsy Daisy, Grizzly Teddy, and other toys to try to get the job done. 14. Dead of Night (1945) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Pictures / giphy.com This horror anthology dates even further back than The Twilight Zone's "Living Doll" episode. This is one of the very earliest movies to ever depict a malevolent dummy named Hugo.Things were much simpler back in 1945. Rather than humans getting turned into dolls or dolls stabbing people to death, Hugo is simply a creepy doll that manipulates his owner into shooting a rival ventriloquist. Unlike Magic, which makes it clear the doll is a "split personality" of the main character, Hugo's story in Dead of Night, leaves it up to the viewer to decide whether the dummy was really alive. 15. Pin (1988) View this video on YouTube New World Pictures Another movie with an outdated concept of dissociative disorder, Pin is about a boy, Leon, who starts to identify with a medical dummy his father uses to teach his kids about the human body.The dummy, who is called Pin, "tells" Leon to kill anyone who goes against what the boy wants. What's unique in this movie is that, towards the end, the dummy actually condemns Leon for his actions. He reminds Leon that he did everything out of his own self-interest. I won't spoil the very end, but it's an interesting twist on the dissociative trope. 16. "The Doll" — Night Gallery (1971) Universal Television / youtube.com A lot of the dolls on this list start out looking relatively innocent, if a bit creepy. But that thing pictured above? It has "I will end you in your sleep" written all over it. And sure enough, this doll has some nasty tricks up its sleeve. This episode also features a human getting turned into a doll, with an ending that, especially for the time it was made, is particularly creepy. 17. "Night of the Living Dummy II" — Goosebumps (1996) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Scholastic Productions / giphy.com How can we talk about creepy dolls, puppets, and dummies without mentioning Slappy? The mascot of the entire Goosebumps franchise, Slappy comes to life when the words "Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano" are uttered.You may be wondering, "What about the first 'Night of the Living Dummy'?" For whatever reason, the TV show decided to skip the adaptation of Slappy's first book and skip straight to the sequel. 18. Tourist Trap (1979) Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Compass Intl. Pictures / giphy.com Toys and dolls get all the attention, but mannequins are just as creepy. Especially when they were formerly people. Tourist Trap was directed by David Schmoeller, who also directed Puppet Master. But this flick doesn't feature magic or demons' souls. Instead, the villain uses telekinetic powers to turn people into mannequins. 19. Finders Keepers (2014) View this video on YouTube Lionsgate So we've got the same problem in this movie as in "The Doll" episode of Night Gallery...WHO WOULD WANT TO PLAY WITH THAT THING? Which other doll movies or episodes belong on this list? Let me know in the comments! And for more movies like M3GAN, check out the best movies about A.I. here!