Day 12: Demonic Toys
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Four stars for a cheesy 90s horror movie? Yes ma’am! I don’t care what anyone says, 4.5 on IMDB or no - this was fucking fun. Everything I complained about in Dollman was done right in Demonic Toys. All the toys were creepy, even if they were silly, the kills were amusing and gruesome, and there were numerous, satisfying conflicts between the hero(es) and the villain.
That being said, it’s a 90s horror movie. There is nothing award winning or thought provoking here. There is no new ground broken or innovations made. Not every movie needs to blow your mind or be original. Sometimes, it can still be rehashed crap, and you like it anyway.
I like it, at the very least.
I will say, though, that the acting of the young boy who plays the villain - a demon who wants to be born in human form - was actually really good. I was sort of surprised, because child acting, especially in these kinds of films, usually sucks. Maybe it’s because you never hear the kid’s real voice? I’m sure if you heard the real thing, it would sound stilted and awkward, but since he’s dubbed over with scary-demon-voice, the performance seems, to me, pretty damn good. The same cannot be said for his adult co-stars, particularly the lead lady-cop who he’s chosen to be his new mother. Might as well have stuck a cardboard cut-out in the room. The other lead, a youngish punk fast food delivery guy, was decent. He was pretty much at the level of talent you’d expect in the first place.
I loved, loved, loved all the toys in this, especially Baby Oopsie Daisy, who was a cute little baby doll who sounded like an asshole 12 year old boy. It was great. Every single one of his lines made me laugh, so I won’t go spoil them for you. I was also impressed by the animations of his facial expressions - they were done pretty well.
The other major toys are featured on the box art, but the Jack-in-a-Box in particular freaked me the fuck out. It reminded me too much of Killer Clowns from Outer Space.
Honestly, there isn’t much I can say about the plot. There weren’t many wtf-are-you-doing-moments, not to a degree that it’s worth complaining about them. The only actions that had me really cringing were improper gun handing and never-ending-bullet-syndrome.
All in all, this felt like a movie made with a hell of a lot more fun and passion than Dollman was. There was an attention to detail and a more fully thought out concept that wasn’t present in the other film, which I find odd since they were made by the same damn people! In any case, it was a fun hour and a half, even if the end was hammy as all hell. But, with this kind of movie, that’s expected anyway.
At least now I can say I’ve seen a baby doll stab a guy repeatedly in the crotch.