Demonic Toys (1992) Review: Tiny WTF Mayhem

“They Want To Play With…..YOU!”

Synopsis: A pregnant policewoman, her quarry, and an innocent delivery boy become trapped in a haunted toy warehouse.

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Calamity Brains:

Like Puppetmaster, Demonic Toys as feels very under-planned and low budget. The acting is generally on the low end of mediocre, and none of the characters actually get any development or growth. The creative angle to the “diverse people trapped and fighting for their lives” trope is definitely appreciated, but that creativity doesn’t go overly far in this movie.

For such a silly premise, Demonic Toys does put in some effort towards a creepy atmosphere – for example, the movie opens with an unsettling dream. I found the toys to be fairly well done; I was much more entertained by the work done on them and their effects than I was by the movie itself.

The real problem here is that it’s hard to take Demonic Toys seriously as a horror movie, but it’s also not really funny enough to be properly fun. It’s fairly slow getting started, and even once the action begins in earnest, there are a lot of interludes. The tension build-up is generally poor, and the actors aren’t quite up to the task of seeming appropriately menaced by dolls and toys. But where all of that should lend itself to a fun watch, Demonic Toys falls short again. It’s lacking in one-liners and completely ridiculous moments, and though there’s some hints at levity now and then (I enjoyed Baby Oopsie Daisy), for the most part it feels like you’re meant to take the movie seriously.

Demonic Toys wouldn’t be a terrible background movie – there are a couple of good moments, and enough laughable effects to keep things moving – but it’s not really worthy of your full attention.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+
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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.