The Toys










"They Want To Play With You..."

Director .... Peter Manoogian
Writer .... David S. Goyer
Producer .... Charles Band & Anne Kelly

Tracy Scoggins .... Judith Grey
Bentley Mitchum .... Mark Wayne
Daniel Cerny .... The Kid (Demon Child)
Michael Russo .... Lincoln
Barry Lynch .... Hesse
Ellen Dunning .... Anne
Peter Schrum .... Charnetski
Jeff Weston .... Matt Cable

Police officers, Judith Grey and Matt Cable make a bust on two weapon dealers inadvertantly leads to the death of Matt and injury to one of the criminals, whose blood pours onto the floor of the Toyland Warehouse where the incident occures. The blood leads to the rise of a sixty-six-year-old Halloween born demon with the power to bring toys to life as his personal minions. The demon takes form of a small child and is looking for a body to inhabit so he can increase his powers, and it just so happens that Judith is pregnant with the ideal host. As the murderous toys close in on their victims: a runaway, security guard and a late night chicken delivery boy named Mark Wayne. Judith must not only fight for her life, but for the soul of her unborn child.


Rated "R" for Language, Violence, & Nudity.
86 minutes.
Released to video March 12th 1992.


VHS Special Features (Full Moon's Videozone)
• Introduction by Full Moon Chairman CHARLES BAND
• Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
• Spotlight: Music Supervisor PAT SICOLIANO
• Full Moon Madness: Poster Art Featurette
• Trailers: Seedpeople, The Pit and the Pendulum, Subspecies, Trancers II, Puppert Master III: Toulon's Revenge, Dollman
• Collectors Items hosted by actress CHARLIE SPRADLING


"But at the beginning, when you’re starting out you even think, “Well, I could do a good job of it”, or “I could try to do a good job of it.” I mean, I did a couple of these Charlie Band movies when I started out, and I knew they were never going to be genius because he was only giving me eight days to write them. He pre-sold the poster and said, “Here’s a poster: DEMONIC TOYS. Write this movie in eight days.” But I’m just a starving twenty-three year old in this crappy, roach-infested apartment, and I’m going to write a movie in eight days. I’m going to try to make it as good as I can knowing that they’ve got horrible people that are making it. Believe it or not, in ARCADE or DEMONIC TOYS, I consider it a huge victory that there are a couple of funny or ironic lines in there that somehow eat their way through the crap."

- David S. Goyer (2004 interview with Ain't It Cool News)



* Demonic Toys' in-production title was DANGEROUS TOYS. This was probably the only time in history that Charles Band ever had a title changed to something that sounded more marketable than the original name.

* Demonic Toys has great inspiration from the 1987 movie Dolls, that also inspired Puppet Master. With Demonic Toys, the connection of the opening credits showing images of the toys, the giant mauling Teddy Bear, and also the tagline that is an obvious take on one from Dolls - "They Want To Play With You."

* Demonic Toys was written by screenwriter David S. Goyer. He also wrote the screenplays for such films as such Marvel Comic's Blade: Trinity, also Arcade (another Full Moon film), and DC's Batman Begins.

* David S. Goyer wrote the film in only eight days when he was 23 years of age. Charles Band gave him a promotional poster of the film and asked him to make a script out of the idea.

* The movie Charnetski is watching in the security office is Puppet Master II.

* Actor Daniel Cerny (The Kid/Demon Master - human form) based his performance after his older brother.

* Daniel Cerny has confessed to being afraid of all the strange looking toys on the set and at home during filming.

* Peter Manoogian's first film with Full Moon Pictures. He had worked with Charles Band many times all ready during the Empire generation in the 1980's.

* Special Effects actor Mike Deak played the vicious Grizzly form of Teddy Bear.

* Daniel Cerny (human form) and Robert Stoeckle (demon form) both share the role of the Demon Master.

* Daniel Cerny later went on to star as Eli Porter in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, based on the original story by Stephen King.

* A Spainish import DVD is now for sale in North America. The special features are similar to the Region 1 VHS versions. The DVD comes with original English Language and an option to turn ON or OFF the Spainish subtitles. Order it here!


* The good toy soldier approaches the Demon Master while Judith is strapped to the floor. In it's arms it carries a small musket, holding the trigger with it's right hand, but then in the next scene the trigger appears to be in it's left, and then the final scene before he shoots the Demon Master, it's back in the toy's right hand.

* When Puppet Master II is playing in Charnetski's office, they continue to loop the same scenes over and over, and as a result, Charlie Spradling's character Wanda is killed numerous times.

* Emailed to me by a fan, when the blonde boy turns back into the toy soldier, he has his sword attached to him, but if you look in the background, you can see the real sword is still laying on the ground.


Region 1 VHS covers, front & back.



X-Rated DVD from Germany.


VHS cover from England.


A teaser poster used before and during production. Writer David Goyer based the entire screenplay off the image below.

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Comedy Commentary (SPOILERS)

"Things I Learned Watching..."

Demonic Toys

* Everything tastes like chicken, except fried chicken.

* Never throw a gun at a cop.

more to come eventually...



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