Demonic Toys (1992)
By: J.R. McNamara on July 12, 2010  | 
DVD
Big Sky Video | All Regions, PAL | 4:3 | English DD 2.0 | 79 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Peter Manoogian
Starring: Tracy Scoggins, Bentley Mitchum, Daniel Cerny, Michael Russo, Ellen Dunning
Screenplay: David S. Goyer
Country: USA
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Producer/writer/director Charles Band is probably as responsible for my love of horror film as much as Craven, Fulci, Romero or Argento. Sure most of his films are, for want of a more eloquent term, arse, but when you are a teenager in 1988 looking to hire 7 vhs cassettes for $4 over a winters weekend, you'll pretty much fill your hands with anything that looks even slightly good from the horror section. If it hadn't been for those weekends I would never have enjoyed (endured?) such 'classics' as Creepozoids, Doctor Mordred or Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. I also probably would not have been introduced to the delights of Brinke Stevens or Michelle Bauer either, so Charles: thanks.

Unfortunately as a horror fan gets older he gets a little more jaded, and while revisiting films I loved as a teen is comforting, watching previously unseen films from that era can be… well, disappointing to say the least.

This is where Demonic Toys sits in the DVD library of my mind.

Police officer Judith Grey (Tracy Scoggins) is in hot pursuit of a couple of arms dealers who just shot her partner/boyfriend. They escape to a warehouse, which is full of toy overstocks (who knows from where), but when one of the arms dealers who Judith shot collapses onto the floor, his dripping blood activates an ancient evil that resides in the toys, and they come to life with a singular intent: death.

Trapped with her in the warehouse are the night security guard Charnetski (Peter Schrumm), the surviving arms dealer Lincoln (Mark Russo), fried chicken delivery guy Mark (Bentlet Mitchum), and Anne (Ellen Dunning), a young girl using the warehouse as a squat. One by one members of the group are picked off by the demonic toys, who are actually being animated by a demon that has been trapped in the building since 1925, but what does he want? Could it be the unborn child inside Judith?

This film is directed by Peter Manoogian, who will certainly never win any awards for innovation, but tells the story in a manner befitting the absolutely terrible script by David S. Goyer. The acting is so bad that if ex-TV star Tracy Scoggins hadn't been in it, I would have assumed the cast had lost their way to a low low budget porno shoot. Yeah, it's that bad. The two kids in the film, playing the childlike demon and his angelic counterpart, obviously wouldn't have lost their way to a porno shoot, but, their acting was so bad they could barely have even been in the audience of Romper Room.

There are a few slightly above average gore gags, some OK stop-motion and a pretty hot appearance by Playboy Playmate Kristine Rose but in general, I would avoid this entertainment-free waste of time.
Video
The film is presented is a very average looking 4:3 aspect ratio. The colors are mostly dull and the whole film looked somewhat foggy.
Audio
This film is presented in Dolby 2.0, and it is a fairly average example as well.
Extra Features
The Making of Demonic Toys is a usual making of type documentary. Actually, the cast show their best acting in this piece when they talk about how scary the toys in the film are.

This disc also has trailers for Demonic Toys, Puppet Master, Puppet Master 2, Subspecies and Future Cop.
The Verdict
There are three things I have done in my life that I hope never to do again: accidently put a staple in my arm, eat a cockroach and watch Demonic Toys. This film was such crap you could probably fertilize your tomatoes with it.
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