Now available on streaming services, such as Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and Movies Anywhere, is the holiday horror film, Toys of Terror.
Toys of Terror stars Kyana Teresa (Shadowhunters, Star Trek: Discovery), Georgia Waters (Siren), Verity Marks (The Christmas Club), Dayo Ade (Workin Moms, October Faction), Saul Elias and Zoe Fish.
This film was written and executive produced by Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil, The Simpsons) and directed by Nicholas Verso (Boys in the Trees, Nowhere Boys). The movie is produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY.
Toys of Terror will make its broadcast debut on SYFY this December. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD January 19, 2021.
David and Hannah Cashman have promised their family a fun Christmas getaway, but when they arrive at a grand, old house in the snowy woods of Washington and are greeted by familiar construction foreman, the kids realize their parent’s plan to make it a working vacation; renovating the place in the hopes of flipping it. Alicia, the eldest, is annoyed but the younger kids are soon distracted when, wandering through the creepy mansion, they find a stash of old toys in an abandoned playroom and take to them instantly. Before long, they seem to be inseparable from their new playthings, much to the consternation of their nanny Rose who, along with Alicia, senses that something in the house is not quite right. As stranger and stranger things start to happen, Rose and Alicia have a hunch that there may be more to the history of the old house than the Cashman’s are letting on. Can the family escape with their lives – or will they stay forever in the crumbling house, never to celebrate another Christmas again?
This would be considered a horror movie, but for die hard horror fans, such as myself, this is not a scary movie. It’s entertaining, but not scary. For those who don’t like “jump scares,” this film might not be for you.
The entire time I watched this film it reminded me of the 2015 film Krampus, where things like gingerbread men and Christmas tree angels come alive and attack people. That is pretty much the same thing that happens in this film. The toys that the children find in the “magical toy box” come alive and suck the youngest children into their evil plans.
The film it’s self is entertaining, and it kept my attention the entire time. I found it amusing. The toys were actually funny (in my opinion) more so than terrorizing. I can see how this might scare some people, especially young children. The last thing you want is for a child to think their toys will come alive and try to kill people.
I like that this film was not “dark” in nature, meaning you can actually see what was happening on the screen. The film is shot entirely in a creepy looking old house. It’s dark and dreary the entire time (it’s winter time). Thankfully the film makers made it so you can easily see what was happening on the screen.
The plot is interesting, but I wish they went into more details as to WHY the toys were evil, WHY they came alive and WHY they plot to kill people. There are a lot of gaps and empty wholes in the storyline – kind of like a slice of Swiss cheese.
I would not consider this a film you would see in the movie theater. To me, it’s more like a straight-to-video or television quality film.
If you like “cheesy” films like Krampus, Sharknado and my husband’s personal favorite, Santa Jaws. These films are meant to be entertaining. They are not looking to score an Academy Award.
I like that it’s a Christmas horror movie. So many horror movies are meant to be watched and enjoyed during the “spooky season” (Halloween). This is a film you can enjoy Halloween all the way through Christmas.
The film has a run time of approximately 89 minutes (just shy of an hour and a half).
I couldn’t find an official website or social media pages for this film.
Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.