Toy Cast: Baby Oopsy Daisy, Jack Attack, Divoletto
Directed by William Butler
Expectations: I don’t have many, but I hope to enjoy it. Dr. Lorca is back!
On the general scale:
On the B-Movie scale:
Demonic Toys 2 opens with a long credits sequence where gloved hands take the exploded bits and chunks of the toys and sew them back together. Only Baby Oopsy Daisy & Jack Attack get this treatment, presumably because they were the only salvageable toys from all the explosive shotgun blasts to the face, etc… it’s not the budget, I swear. One can imagine that this is essentially what happened in Charles Band’s mind as the characters had sat unused for a very long time. Eighteen years after the original, Full Moon finally decided to give the toys a proper sequel, but unfortunately it’s hardly worth the effort.
This would be all well and good if the death scenes were well shot with quality FX. Instead, there’s a mixture of low-quality CG blood and the old “I’m screaming in pain but I clearly only have a small bit of fake blood smeared on my neck.” Replace neck with any body part and you’ve got the gore formula for the film. There’s a great moment where someone’s hand is bitten by Jack Attack and it cuts to the most obvious “blood smearing” in recent memory. Who gives a shit though, it’s a Full Moon movie in 2010 so for those watching you should already know what you’re getting into. It’s not like people can randomly stumble upon these films in a video store anymore. On the positive, the modern Full Moon requisite CG fog & light rays actually look great and fit in well with the castle surroundings and the characters. In some movies purple fog just doesn’t cut it, but it works well in Demonic Toys 2.
By the end of the film, it’s all a bit tedious, boring and clichéd. If you’ve watched a lot of horror films, you’ve seen it all before. The production quality is surprisingly high for what is obviously a very low-budget film, so the film is a lot nicer looking than you’d expect, but it’s not nearly enough to save this one. This is a moderately uninspired offering from Full Moon and one for big fans and completionists only. Anyone who loved Demonic Toys will be sorely disappointed with the second film, as it’s nothing more than yet another “people stuck in a castle” film from a company that has an entire warehouse full of them.
Next week, I’ll be checking out the final (as of now) Puppet Master film, 2010’s Puppet Master: Axis of Evil!