BBFC Classification: 18
Director: Peter Manoogian
Starring: Tracy Scoggins, Bentley Mitchum, Daniel Cerny, Barry Lynch, Ellen Dunning, Michael Russo
Chances are that if you’re into killer doll films like Child’s Play and Puppet Master then you’ve probably come across Demonic Toys at some point. The brainchild of Puppet Master producer Charles Band and written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight/Man of Steel), Demonic Toys begins with a police bust on two illegal arms dealers that goes wrong when one of the detectives is shot and killed. His partner – in both senses of the word – Judith (Tracy Scoggins) pursues the dealers into a toy factory where a demon has made the toys come to life in order to do his bidding, as you would. The demon knows that Judith is pregnant and wants to use the baby’s body to increase his powers and become human, and the scene is set as Judith and a ragtag crew of survivors try to survive against the onslaught of killer toys.
There’s not really a lot to differentiate Demonic Toys from most of the other killer doll films around, especially when you consider that it was originally released in 1992 when these sorts of movies were beginning to lose favour with audiences and both the aforementioned Child’s Play and Puppet Master had already been out for a few years. But being unoriginal isn’t the worst crime a film can commit and Demonic Toys does have other strengths in its favour, like some decent gore effects, fairly strong acting and a clear HD transfer that gives the film a nice clean look.
Obviously not meant to be taken seriously, Demonic Toys is a film that is perfect for that all-important slot after the pubs close and you fancy settling down to put on something you don’t have to think too hard about. Like many films from the Full Moon Features stable it means to entertain you in the most basic way and on that level it succeeds, but the novelty does start to wear a little thin by the end so at just over 80 minutes it stops at exactly the right moment before it becomes a joke in all the wrong kinds of ways.
Special Features: Original Videozone The Making of Demonic Toys featurette, original trailer, Full Moon Features trailer reel, collector’s booklet with notes by Calum Waddell, reversible sleeve incorporating original art.
UK Release Date: 9th December 2013