''Devil Doll'' is a 1964 British film about hypnotist-cum-ventriloquist "The Great Vorelli" (Bryant Halliday) in his struggle to prove to the people who laughed at him long ago that yes, he ''can'' transfer a mind into the body of a wooden vent figure. At one show, by what seems to be pure serendipity, the "[[DesignatedHero good guy]]" Mark English (William Sylvester, before ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'') ropes his girlfriend Marianne (Yvonne Romain) into volunteering for Vorelli's act. English's obsessive skepticism results in acquisition of expert testimony and even an impromptu, depressing trip to UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. Along the way, minds are controlled, people are menaced with knives, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dummies are insulted]]. Somehow, Vorelli's dummy [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal turns the tables]] at the close of the movie, and everything ends.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E18DevilDoll episode recap page]].

Not to be confused with 1936 film ''Film/TheDevilDoll''. And for the love of God, do ''not'' confuse this movie with ''Black Devil Doll From Hell.'' [[NotSafeForWork You will thank us later.]]
!!''Devil Doll'' provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Vorelli on Marianne, especially considering his real plans for her.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Hugo, after having his soul transferred into the dummy. For a long time he couldn't even move or speak, though he did eventually develop that ability.]]
* BeardOfEvil: Vorelli has one, which totally makes him look like the devil. [[spoiler: It's a fake beard, meaning this pretty much has to be intentional.]]
* DemonicDummy: Hugo. [[spoiler:Subverted, though. Hugo is actually a good person unfairly trapped in the body of a ventriloquist dummy by the evil Vorelli. Once he gets the chance to escape he takes his revenge with gusto.]]
* DullSurprise: Marianne, most of the time, even when she's NOT being mind-controlled by Vorelli, has a rather creepy blank stare.
* {{Fanservice}}: Magda's... revealing costume.
* GlassOfChianti: Vorelli drinks ''Sangue Di La Vergine'' - "Blood of the Virgin"
* GoldDigger: Vorelli, [[spoiler:whose plan is to stage Marianne's death and transfer her soul to a doll once he's tired of her, taking her fortune for himself and giving Hugo an "ugly wooden companion"]].
* GrandTheftMe: A rare heroic example-- [[spoiler: at the end of the film Hugo forcibly swaps bodies with Vorelli, trapping the magician in the body of the doll.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Vorelli's KarmicTransformation at the film's TwistEnding.]]
* JerkAss: Vorelli. He even uses it in his ''stage act'', which at one point involves hypnotizing a guy into believing he's being shot in the head. At another point he forces a woman from the audience to do a striptease in front of the entire audience [[spoiler:And in the good old days, he used to hypnotize the human Hugo to not bleed when he was stabbed. Most of the time, it worked.]]
* LargeHam: Vorelli, so much so that Hugo literally calls him one when he eats ham on stage.
--> '''Hugo:''' [[LampshadeHanging You cannibal!]]
* MagiciansAreWizards: Ventriloquist Vorelli is really a soul-manipulating hypnotist.
* MaleGaze: The introduction of Grace, the [[LovelyAssistant Replacement Lovely Assistant]].
* MindRape: Literally. Vorelli uses hypnotism to force a girl to get naked in front of an entire audience.
** Vorelli does it again to Marianne, having sex with her [[DudeShesLikeInAComa while she's hypnotized]].
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: So you have vast and fearsome powers over the human mind. You're capable of hypnotizing people to do your will with a mere glance, forcing them to live their darkest nightmares, re-writing their personalities, or even taking their very '''souls''' from their bodies -- and you use these powers to ''perform in a stage show?'' One could argue that Vorelli gets off on being a DevilInPlainSight and that it's not about material gain, except that the entire movie is about him using his power to get his hands on Marianne's money. Sure that's something, but he's still settling for grand theft when power like this could easily let him rule his own country if not the entire world. Even when he's performing overtly criminal acts he still aims low.
** Then again, Vorelli might not have the administrative skills or the interest in rulership (Vorelli may be able to transfer souls but can he balance a nation's economy?), plus it would make him a target. If word got out that a man could control anyone's mind and transfer their souls to inanimate objects, everyone would either be out to either kill him or force him to serve their interests. Absolutely ''no one'' would feel safe. With hypnotism, Vorelli can just take what he desires (money, sex) without the hassle, and he has Hugo to do his dirty work. To quote Film/LordOfIllusions "Illusionists get Vegas contracts. Wizards get burned at the stake".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: English, [[spoiler:upon realizing his actions have allowed Hugo to swap bodies with Vorelli.]]
* NonIndicativeTitle: Hugo isn't a devil. He's not really even evil. [[spoiler:Though you could say this applies at the end when the very evil Vorelli gets trapped in the doll.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Vorelli, oh so much. For instance, during the flashback to Vorelli's StartOfDarkness:
-->'''Vorelli:''' (To [[spoiler:Human]] Hugo) This time, [[spoiler:Hugo]]... you're going to ''die!''
* PowerPerversionPotential: Vorelli is well aware of the perversion he can pull off with his hypnotism.
* PrettyInMink: We immediately know Marianne has money since she has a white fox wrapped draped over her chair when she first appears.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: She knows too much bout Vorelli's sordid past, so Magda [[MurderIsTheBestSolution has to go.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Grace, Vorelli's replacement assistant; [[spoiler:she interrupts him in the last scene before he can reinforce the MindControl on Hugo -- and after he opens the door to Hugo's cage, allowing the puppet to destroy the plans of the Great Vorelli.]]
* UselessProtagonist: English in no way facilitates the resolution of all that's made wrong...not even his urgent trip to UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}}, nor the consultations with the experts. [[spoiler: Because of this, it makes Hugo TheHero.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: [[spoiler:Vorelli does this constantly to Hugo, and Hugo does it right back at the end.]]
* WimpFight: Vorelli gets his ass kicked by a ''puppet!''
* YourSoulIsMine: Vorelli can manipulate souls to transfer them back and forth between different bodies or even inanimate objects.