Demonic Toys (1992)

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 4/10
Visuals: 6/10

The toys are fun

The acting is weak

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Demonic Toys

Studio:  Full Moon Entertainment

Genre(s):  Horror/B-Movie

Release Date(s):  March 12, 1992

MPAA Rating:  R

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I put the Jack Attack in Jack-in-the-Box

Officer Judith Gray (Tracy Scoggins) and her lover and partner Matt Cable (Jeff Weston) have a gun bust go bad which leads to the death of Cable.  With the gun dealer (Michael Russo) and his partner (Barry Lynch) fleeing into a warehouse, the blood awakens a demon buried beneath the building.  The demon takes possession of the toys in the building and is bent on being reborn.  With the help of a chicken delivery man named Mark (Bentley Mitchum) and a teen runaway named Anne (Ellen Dunning), Judith hopes to escape the warehouse alive…not just for her but for her unborn child who could be the demon’s vessel.

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I see you!

Directed by Peter Manoogian, Demonic Toys is a Full Moon Entertainment straight-to-video release.  The movie was written by David S. Goyer who has gone on to write the Blade series, the Batman Begins series, Man of Steel, and other big screen hits.  The movie was in line with other Full Moon films like Puppet Master and also spawned a limited series comic book series from Eternity Comics called The Demonic Toys:  Play at Your Own Risk which took place after the movie.

In the ’90s, I was a Full Moon junkie due to the fact that you could almost rent a different Full Moon movie every weekend since they were pumping them out so quickly.  With all the Full Moon entries, Demonic Toys is one of Full Moon Entertainments’ more entertaining movies.

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Baby Oopsy Daisy says “You’re F*@!ed!”

Demonic Toys feels like the Puppet Master series combined with a rip-off of Child’s Play.  Normally, killer toys would be a terrifying prospect, but Full Moon’s “toys” are more funny than scary…but it is also what you expect from one of their movies.  It is a generic combination of horror tropes and vague supernatural moments.

The acting in most Full Moon movies is pretty atrocious.  It is obvious from the fact that very few celebrities came out of Full Moon’s films (Tim Thomerson and Helen Hunt spinning out of Trancers would be one of the few exceptions).  You don’t go into Full Moon movies really looking for the acting however and Demonic Toys is no exception.

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I just came for a manicure!

The real stars of this film are the toys.  Baby Oopsy Daisy is worth watching the film for himself (or is it herself?)  The other toys like Jack Attack and Grizzly Teddy are also quite amusing in their cheapness.  I do however actually find the underused gas masked tricycle riders “watchdogs” rather eerie…it almost is scary (I stress almost).

With its cheap feel, dull script, and poor acting, Demonic Toys does reach the so-bad-it-is-good level.  Often the Full Moon movies are just “bad”, but this one will keep you laughing.  They are always good to watch in a group so you can mock them and just have fun…like they are meant to be.  The film was followed by the crossover film Dollman vs. Demonic Toys in 1993, Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys in 2004, and Demonic Toys 2 in 2010.

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