Voices Scream, Nothing’s Seen, Real’s a Dream – Demonic Toys (1992)

Demonic Toys released in 1992 by Full Moon Entertainment finds them taking the Puppet Master formula and introducing a little demonic possession into the mix. So it is that the toys in question are not technically alive like those in that aforementioned movie, simply given a semblance of it though in the end, it does not lessen the fright they bring to the table.

As it is, said toys are introduced after cop Judith Gray and her suspect Lincoln, who had just killed her partner, get trapped in a warehouse where she ended up chasing him. When a security guard is killed by what looks like a doll, it finds Gray, Lincoln, a guy they meet named Mark and a runaway girl named Anne all battling for their lives while Gray fights for not only hers, but that of her unborn child.

While the movie might follow a familiar path to those accustomed with Full Moon’s other diminutive character films, this one goes a step farther in a different direction as the toys are not only out to kill, but following the orders of their master who is looking for a portal into the human world, a demon that can only enter by being born and that is where Tracy Scoggin’s Gray comes in. With Gray being pregnant and the demon finally having gathered enough strength over the years to make it a reality, it is a battle that comes down to one of souls – that of the demon’s and that of Gray’s unborn child. Some of it is a little corny and it cannot be helped as one can obviously tell the budget was not overly large given the set designs. To be fair though, setting it all predominately in a warehouse was a bit of genius to save a little cash and create a sense of claustrophobia. As for the other practical and special effects, they would produce the desired result, the demon and the dolls looking especially creepy at times, more so when they would chow down on some hapless person who happened to get in their way. With names like Baby Oopsy Daisy, Jack Attack and Grizzly Teddy, the toys are frightening in name alone and seeing them come to life is worth the price of admission in itself.

When all is said and done, Demonic Toys may not have been wholly original, but it would be a lot of fun and highly entertaining as seeing things come to life and killing people when they should not is always a good time, at least on film that is.

3 out of 5

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