Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993)
Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993)

Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Running Time: 1 hr. 14 min.

Release Date: October 13th, 1993 MPAA Rating: R

Director: Charles Band Actors: Tim Thomerson, Tracy Scoggins, Melissa Behr, Phil Fondacaro, R.C. Bates, Willie C. Carpenter, Frank Welker, Peter Chen

 


 

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ust as goofy as its predecessors, “Dollman vs. Demonic Toys” fails to offer anything more innovative than the ridiculous concepts seen in the first “Dollman” or the first “Demonic Toys” movies. It does, however, provide many of the same laughs (unintentional for the most part), based on the return of the senselessly evil possessed toys, now combating the wisecracking, cocky, thirteen-inch, tough-guy Brick Bardo. The project also serves as a sequel to another Full Moon Entertainment release (“Bad Channels”) with the reintroduction of Dollgirl, but uses terribly contrived flashback footage to get viewers up to date on three separate storylines.

“Dollman vs. Demonic Toys” opens with a recap of reused imagery, explaining the backstories of each of the characters – most importantly Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson), a tiny alien man from the planet Arturos, who used to be one of the toughest hombres alive. But here on Earth, with a completely foreign atmosphere and the harsher effects of gravity and dimensions, he’s a miniscule, doll-sized humanoid. His attitude and knack for kicking ass are the only things that remain larger-than-life. He’s joined by Nurse Ginger Jones (Melissa Behr), an equally proportioned (idyllically) woman, who was shrunken in a space alien abduction gone awry and now being stalked by a sleazy reporter looking for a story.

Meanwhile, no one seems to believe Judith Gray (Tracy Scoggins), the lone survivor of a diabolical plot to birth a reincarnated demon through the use of possessed figurines – until a drunk bum on a tricycle falls over, gets hit by a box, and bleeds a river of blood onto a trapped evil spirit. Once again (and one year after the events of the first “Demonic Toys”), the phantom is unleashed in a toy factory – and it’s up to Judith to stop its sinister plans. Tougher security and covert infiltration requires joining forces with Dollman and Ginger, who can more easily combat the demonic toy horde, which now includes a perfect nemesis for the diminutive duo – a G.I. Joe-type action figure.

Brick Bardo still has permanent, sporty shades, there’s an abundance of rock music for no reason, and Baby Oopsy-Daisy receives a gruffer, less humorous voice. The dialogue remains absolutely pitiful and the majority of the film is done in flashbacks, which are actually quite necessary, since this feature is something of a sequel to three different movies. “We’ve got a couple of minutes,” says Judith to Dollman. “I guess I could tell you the whole story.” Despite an abundance of running, screaming, and laughing through lengthy ventilation shaft chase scenes, bland acting, and a conspicuously low budget, it all seems oddly worth it when Ginger is sexually assaulted by an oversized baby doll, whose hands are made of balloons in close-up shots. It’s all very cheesy and laughably bad; even diehard fans of director/producer/writer Charles Band’s moviemaking will find this straight-to-video schlock a rather desperate attempt at entertainment.

– Mike Massie

  • 5/10