The Island of Dolls

I find dolls creepy

There is something very creepy about toy dolls. Like many young boys, I used to scavenge derelict sites (you can read about the disgusting episode with the dead cat in SuperSense) and very often I would discover a discarded old toy doll. I found these objects surprisingly disturbing and still do today. Occasionally the eyes had been removed because the mechanism that made them roll back in the sockets when you tilted the doll had been removed.  So imagine the shudder I felt when I saw these images from this story about “La Isla de la Munecas” (The Island of Dolls) in Mexico.

The Stuff of Childhood Nightmares

Unbelievably, the Island of Dolls is the nightmarish vision of a reclusive hermit, Don Julian Santana, who spent the last 50 years of his life creating the macabre sanctuary where thousands of dolls are suspended from trees by nooses.

Something is not quite right here.

Don Julian Santana, is said to have created the island as a homage to a little girl who drowned in a nearby canal. And as if the story could not get more weird, Don was found drowned in the same canal in 2001. Now why hasn’t this story been brought to the big screen yet?


Filed under In the News, Weird Story of the Week

7 responses to “The Island of Dolls

  1. Wow. Creepy, big time. I foresee a nightmare.

    I also think that this would make an awesome story and/or movie. Let’s write the screenplay together.

  2. brucehood

    Alas, Poietes – I have more than enough on my writing schedule and I have never attempted a screenplay before. But feel free to go ahead with “The Island of Dolls.”

  3. It has been brought to the small screen, Anthony Bordain visited the island on an episode of No Reservations.

    He found it creepy too.

  4. brucehood

    Thanks Scylla.. I knew it was a good idea..

  5. The guys from the SyFy programme ‘destination truth’ also visited the island to see if they could find the ghost of the little girl that is said to haunt there.

    The rituals they had to follow to get there were rather strange. They had to take a doll to leave there, sweets and, I believe, a candle or something similar.

    They had some odd things happen, but lets face it, who wouldn’t get spooked on an island full of creepy dolls. Though… I do believe one of the dolls eyes opened in it’s own. EEK!

  6. brucehood

    Hi Hayley, great chatting to you. .. This Island of Dolls is sounding more like a movie each new titbit I’m fed.

  7. Anonymous

    hi hayley great chatting about the dolls

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