Black Devil Doll


"He's a lover. He's a killer. He's a mothafuckin' puppet."

Sometimes creative artists just want to see our reactions. Andy Kaufman's greatest thrills came from seeing how much hate he could engender from audiences when he played Tony Clifton or engaged in intergender wrestling. The guys who created this film are cut from the same cloth. Black Devil Doll is a hybrid between Chucky movies and 70s blaxploitation, a non-stop transgressive orgy of race jokes, splatter, and gratuitous nudity. The DVD box claims it has been "Rated X by an all-white jury."

Here's the premise. At the same time that a black radical is executed for murdering "Caucasian women," a suburban woman is playing with a Ouija board. The executed man's spirit enters the board and proceeds from there into a dummy she had recently purchased in order to study ventriloquism. The dummy then turns into a Killer Black Panther puppet filled with an appetite for rape and murder.

Actually, BDD starts out benignly enough by simply wooing the Ouija board girl in a parody of those romantic movie montages we are so often exposed to, you know what I'm talkin' about, the ones where a mellow song plays while the lovers share cotton candy, walks in the park, bumper car rides, kite-flying and other irritating cliches, except that those same activities don't seem to be cliches when they involve a white women with huge breasts lugging around a puppet with an afro. The romantic montage soon gives way to a sexual one which recalls the sex scene in Team America: World Police, except that it pictures puppet-human sex rather than puppet-puppet.

After about a half hour of running time, Black Devil Doll hasn't done anything more malicious than getting laid. He will soon rectify that oversight. After having won the heart of his lady-love, BDD persuades her to invite over four of her friends for a hen party, during which she will have to leave. He claims that he just needs some "strange," but he has more than poontang on his mind. He is, after all, a killer of white women, and he needs to keep his skills sharp. The rest of the movie consists of BDD raping and killing women (and one man who gets in his way) until Ouija Girl comes home and realizes how she has been deceived. By the way, the raping and killing do not necessarily happen in that order, so the film adds both heterosexual and homosexual necrophilia to its checklist of perversions.

Filmed in the magic of "Negroscope," Black Devil Doll was made just for laughs. Mind you, the laughs are dark, raunchy and scatological, so they may not be to many tastes, but they are there. Most people will hate this movie, but those who love it will love it a lot.  It's the kind of film that is scored either 1 or 10 at IMDb, essentially a genre lover's delight, if the genre films you love are generally released by Troma. If Troma had a blacksploitation division, this film would be its flagship. I have to conclude that it is very successful at pleasing its target audience, because I read every single review at IMDb, and there was hardly a negative vibe to be found. Each of the reviewers, while not unmindful of the film's limitations, enjoyed it. Those who watched it in theaters said that the audiences loved it as well, although most of those reports were careful to point out that the members of those audiences may have required some chemical assistance to obtain a full appreciation of the film's merits.

As with the Troma catalog, you have to be prepared for silly splatter effects, bad acting, and jokes intentionally designed to offend everyone. If you relish the thought of that, this is the kind of movie you share with your dearest and most twisted friends.


There is plenty of nudity. You'll be able to tell from these clips whether you would enjoy the film.

Heather Murphy, as the Ouija board girl, shows her enormous breasts repeatedly.

Natasha Talong spends some five minutes of the film stark naked, first in the shower, then trying to run away from BDD.

Erika Branich never really got topless, but she showed her breasts underneath a mesh top. (Murphy and Talong are also topless in this clip.)

Precious Cox was murdered while sunbathing topless.

Christie Svendsen showed her breasts when she met her maker while taking a bath.



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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