Is it a coincidence that Toy story released only three years later Full moon characteristics epic movie franchise Demonic toys? Isn’t the idea that Pixar plagiarized Full Moon’s evil toy story so far-fetched to believe? Yes it is. Nonetheless, out of the mind of Charles Band and led by Peter Manoogian comes a gang of killer toys longing to be free and terrorize the world.
During an open gun sting, Judith (Tracy scoggins) and Matt (Jeff Weston) wait outside a toy factory for the arrival of arms dealers Lincoln (Michael Russo) and Hesse (Barry Lynch). During this downtime, Judith tells Matt about a dream she had where her mother is sitting in a game room with her two sons playing the card game War. One son is good and the other is bad. She then confesses to Matt that she is pregnant with her child.
As planned, the undercover operation is heading south. First, Matt shoots Hesse. Lincoln in turn kills Matt. Then, with all parties injured and panicked, they rushed into the nearby Toyland Warehouse. In the warehouse is security guard Charneski (Pete Schrum), who ordered pizza from his friend Mark (Bentley Mitchum). In a weird twist, there’s also a runaway, Anne (Ellen Dunning), living in the vents.
In true horror mode, The black Knight scribe David S. Goyer has now paved the way for Demonic toys. Six unfortunate victims are locked in a warehouse and can only escape in the morning. Then, one by one, they’re collected by a small toy box of ugly and demonic toys, including a carnivore in the box, a grizzly bear teddy bear, a robot armed with a laser, and the demonic Baby Oopsy Daisy. Led by Judith, the survivors must escape the toys and find out who is behind the gruesome murders. Hint: it’s one of the boys in Judith’s dreams.
“… one by one they are picked up by a small toy box of ugly demonic toys, including a carnivore jack in the box… “
I’m not a huge horror fan, but I’m a huge one Muppets fan. What attracts me most about Full Moon titles is how much they lean into props and killer puppets. With Demonic toys, a sense of fun can be felt with each puppet, which is completed with bloody mutilations and dismemberments. So you have two good tastes that taste good together. If you’ve been following Full Moon, you know that they’ve improved their game in puppet horror over the past thirty years, with Puppet master, Weedjies, Evil bang, and more recently, the spin-off Baby Upsis.
Compared to the whole budget horror movie genre, acting isn’t bad at all. I don’t know how classically formed the cast was, but again, not bad. Scoggins is probably the best known name in all fields. She’s fighting for her place in the Scream Queen, and the screams are fast and furious here. The lip sync between the demon boy (Daniel Cerny) and his grown-up voice of, I guess, Robert Stockele is flawless.
I do not say Demonic toys tells a bad story, but the temptation is to adapt the story to technology. It’s like the filmmakers have all these cool puppets, and they need a way to put it all together. The heart of the tale is the demonic child who haunts Judith and her plans for her unborn child. Honestly, I don’t have much to complain about here. It’s not Shakespeare, but Goyer’s script is well thought out.
But let’s face it, we’re here to see toys with razor sharp teeth ripping their victims to shreds, and we have them in abundance. In 1992 CG effects weren’t a thing, so brutal murder is committed with glorious practical effects on a low budget. Demonic toys is sure to please any budget horror fan.