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Demonic Toys (1992) - Blu-ray Review

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Demonic Toys - Blu-ray Review

3 stars

Demonic Toys, written by David S. Goyer, is interesting in that your standard police procedural gets gutted by the horrors of children’s toys coming to life. Produced by Charles Band, the man responsible for Puppet Master, Demonic Toys is as hilarious as it is grizzly. With some science fiction staging thrown in (something the Lost writers borrowed), the movie – made in the early 1990’s – isn’t exactly horror as much as it is a killer comedy with psychotic killer kid’s toys committing the murders inside a warehouse that no one can seem to escape.

Nevermind who “stars” in this straight-to-VHS release because you simply will not care; the real stars are the toys brought to life by the mad geniuses at Full Moon Entertainment. Baby Oopsie Daisy, Jack Attack, and Grizzly Teddy make their big-screen debut in this film. While more bizarre then than terrifying, the toys and how they are animated are strangely addicting. They speak in weird voices, say funny things, and have limited movement and yet they are appealing in a very ghoulish and twisted way.

The acting is more than adequate for a story of this caliber, especially the lead performance of Tracy Scoggins (of Dynasty fame) in the role of a detective named Judith Gray who finds herself trapped in the warehouse, seeking her partner’s killer. The scene in which her character is drawn into a nightmarish world with the supernatural being – the one responsible for the toys – trying to take the place of her unborn child is easily this film’s darkest minute.

The rest of the movie is lighthearted material that is more demented fun than it is sick and twisted. It’s like Muppets gone mad or something similar to that ilk. In one of the movie’s most bizarre scenes, a grown-ass man has to pretend he’s being gnawed to death by a Fozzie the Bear lookalike and mean it. The film is low, low, lower than low budget but director Peter Manoogian manages to make good use of the single setting piece he sets up for the audience in the warehouse.

While some accuse this of simply being a Puppet Master wannabe, Demonic Toys proves that there is life without strings attached.

Demonic Toys - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R for fantasy/horror violence and language.
86 mins
: Peter Manoogian
David S. Goyer
Tracy Scoggins, Bentley Mitchum, Daniel Cerny
: Horror
Playtime has begun.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Don't worry Judith, the pain won't last long. I'll speed up the birth. You can be the proud new mother of a brand new demon by sunrise."
Home Video Distributor:
Paramount Home Video
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Release Date:
March 12, 1992 (home video)
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
January 28, 2014
A botched bust on a pair of arms dealers inadvertantly leads to the raising of a sixty-six-year-old demon with the power to bring toys to life as his personal minions. The demon is looking for a body to inhabit so he can increase his powers, and it just so happens that one of the police officers is pregnant with the ideal host. As the murderous toys close in on their victims, the officer must not only fight for her life, but for the soul of her unborn child.

Demonic Toys - Blu-ray Review


Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - January 28, 2014
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
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DTS-HD Master Audio English 3784 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3784 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit); DTS-HD Master Audio English 2078 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2078 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc; Single disc (1 BD)
Region Encoding: A/1

Demonic Toys comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Overall this is a strong looking transfer, details look crisp, black and contrast levels look consistently good and there are no issues with compression or DNR. This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a DTS-HD Stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound great as dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise both audio mixes sound appropriately robust when they need too and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.



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Special Features:

Extras for this release includes a ‘Behind the Scenes’ segment and trailers for The Pit and The Pendulum, Castle Freak, Dollman, Puppetmaster and Subspecies. Though brief the ‘Behind the Scenes’ segment contains a lot of onset footage and some interesting comments from cast & crew.

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