The Curse of the Doll People

The Curse of the Doll People (Spanish: Muñecos infernales lit. "Infernal Dolls"), or The Devil Doll Men, is a 1961 Mexican horror film directed by Benito Alazraki. It was produced by Cinematográfica Calderón S.A. The screenplay by Alfredo Salazar is an uncredited adaptation of the novel Burn Witch Burn! by A. Merritt.[1]

Curse of the Doll People
Directed byBenito Alazraki
Produced by
  • William Calderón Stell
  • Guillermo Calderón
Written byAlfredo Salazar
Cinemagrafica Calderón
Release date
  • 1961 (1961)
Running time
81 minutes


The story surrounds four men who are cursed by a voodoo priest for stealing a sacred idol from his temple. Soon after being surrounded, evil 'doll' people begin to kill their family members.


  • Elvira Quintana as Karina
  • Ramón Gay as Dr. Armando Valdés
  • Roberto G. Rivera as Molinar
  • Quintin Bulnes as Zandor
  • Alfonso Arnold


K. Gordon Murray imported the film to the US and added several English-language scenes.[2]


Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle criticized the American import as incoherent.[2] Glenn Kay, who wrote Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide, called the film "a strictly by-the-numbers exercise that must have elicited more giggles than gasps on its release".[3]


  1. The Mexican Film Bulletin, Volume 16, Number 5, September–October 2010, page 3.
  2. Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. pp. 41–42. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6.
  3. Kay, Glenn (2008). Zombie Movies: The Ultima Guide. Chicago Review Press. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781569766835.

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