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Demonic Toys (1992)

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Score: 6/10

Genre: Horror Comedy Running Time: 1 hr. 26 min.

Release Date: March 12th, 1992 MPAA Rating: R

Director: Peter Manoogian Actors: Tracy Scoggins, Bentley Mitchum, Daniel Cerny, Michael Russo, Ellen Dunning, Peter Schrum, Kristine Rose

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rom David Goyer, the writer of such contemporary science-fiction hits as “Blade,” “Dark City,” “Batman Begins,” and “The Dark Knight,” comes the incredibly cheesy cult film “Demonic Toys.” Not to be forgotten amongst his successes (though he also wrote “Death Warrant” and “Jumper”), this hilarious little schlock production reminds viewers just how much fun possessed toys can be when they murder, torture, and sexually assault unsuspecting victims. It’s also refreshing to see an early work by one of Hollywood’s most prolific blockbuster scripters, proving that everyone has to start somewhere.

Judith Gray (Tracy Scoggins) has been having particularly strange nightmares, but shrugs them off when on the battlefield of city streets, cleaning up crime as an undercover cop. During a routine drug bust, psychotic gun dealers Hesse (Barry Lynch) and Lincoln (Michael Russo) kill Judith’s partner, then escape to a rundown toy warehouse. Hesse dies from a bullet wound, but not before bleeding all over a diabolic section of the facility, awakening an evil spirit. The demon has been attempting to secure a female human body to be reborn into – and Judith is an ideal candidate. It gains control of several of the toys in the building, proceeding to terrorize the unwary dupes caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A slather of forgettable side characters emerges, primarily for newly possessed knickknacks to wreak havoc upon. Controlled by the immoral spirit, a mutant jack-in-the-box, a knife-wielding, vulgarity-spewing baby doll (named Oopsy Daisy), a fanged teddy bear, and an electronic laser-armed robot hunt for the clichéd heroes. Aside from Judith, who alternates keeping her cool and screaming wildly, the combatants include Anne (Ellen Dunning), who wanders the warehouse through air vents (much like Newt from “Aliens”) Mark (Bentley Mitchum), a chicken delivery guy with an overabundance of ‘tude (much like Hudson from “Aliens”), and Charnetski (Pete Schrum), the typical overweight security guard who supplies the much-needed shotgun (there’s really no one like this in “Aliens”).

Mark runs his mouth (“Chunky Chicken Christ!”) with laughably bad dialogue (or appropriately B-movie verbiage) and desperately needs a slap in the face (but wait – he get’s one!) as he takes the scenarios with zero genuineness. At one point, he even looks at his watch, shortly after being knocked out by a giant, hulking teddy bear monster, not to check the time but to ponder how much longer the movie might drag on. Gasmask-wearing little girls riding tricycles fill in the spots that are missing absurd hallucinations, along with a very naked Miss July (Kristine Rose), a junior demon with a hard-on, and hilarious moments of dispatching toys with unfittingly destructive firepower.

The foul-mouthed Baby Oopsy Daisy, nonsensical conversations, and pointless characters evoke constant laughs, intentional and otherwise. Full Moon Studios, responsible for tons of other evil toy movies (see the “Puppet Master” franchise and “Blood Dolls”), certainly doesn’t have any qualms with redundancy. But for all of the poor effects and pitiful plot points that spring from “Demonic Toys,” the utter hokiness of the film is surprisingly entertaining.

– Mike Massie

 

 

 



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