After watching a fair share of serious genre films (or films that at least try to take themselves seriously), it’s always necessary for me to sit back and enjoy a silly film, one that doesn’t take any extra thought and that just zips by. There is no other studio to pick a film like this from, in my mind, than Full Moon. Charles Band has brought the horror and sci-fi scene many memorable films for decades, but the one I decided to give a first time viewing of was Dollman vs. Demonic Toys.
Dollman vs. Demonic Toys is a crossover film of three Full Moon properties — Dollman, Demonic Toys, and Bad Channels. If you haven’t seen any of those films, don’t fear because although this one only runs shortly over one hour, it still makes time to give the back story of each franchise. I certainly appreciated this as I have never seen Bad Channels and although I am now interested in watching that entire film, I didn’t have to in order to be caught up to speed for this sequel.
Officer Judith Grey (Tracy Scoggins) finds out that the toys have come back to life once again and decides that she can’t stop them alone this time. She travels to the small town of Pahoota to not only find the now famous miniature cop, Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson), but also his new, also miniature girlfriend, Ginger (Melissa Behr). The trio head back to the Toy Land warehouse to defeat the group of possessed toys, which include a laser-shooting robot, a bug-eyed army man, a freaky looking jack-in-the-box clown, and the lewd leader of the gang, a baby doll by the name of Baby Oopsie.
Dollman vs. Demonic Toys is your typical 90’s straight-to-video Full Moon fare; It is silly and fun in all the right ways. I enjoyed the acting on all accounts, including Thomerson, Scoggins, and Behr, but also from another Full Moon alum, Phil Fondacaro, who has appeared in Band films like The Creeps, Decadent Evil, and Evil Bong, as well. Thomerson’s one-liners were entertaining and kept it kind of light, after hearing all of the perverse and explicit stuff coming out of Baby Oopsie-Daisy’s mouth.
While the toys all looked as great as they did in the first Demonic Toys film, I was really blown away by the larger versions that were created this time around. In order to make the Bardo and Ginger characters look the same size as the toys, life-sized costumes had to be made of each possessed plaything. Not only that, but Ginger’s kitchen utensils were also blown up, making for some pretty awesome set pieces.
I love the fact that Charles Band and company continue to re-master the Full Moon catalog in high-definition for these Blu-ray releases. I believe I am up to date on the entire Blu-ray line now and will continue to support them. If you enjoy the Full Moon classics like Subspecies, Trancers, and Puppet Master, you should definitely check out Dollman vs. Demonic Toys, now available on Blu-ray from Full Moon Features. Like every other Blu-ray release, this particular title contains some amazing bonus features, like the original Videozone featurette and over three hours of uncut, behind-the-scenes footage!
I give this film 3.5 teenie weenie bikinis out of 5.