Full Moon Entertainment created a monster—actually, a lot of little monsters—when it released the classic Puppet Master in 1989, which has since spawned more than 10 sequels. Here I’m going to focus on the cash-in series Demonic Toys, one of which happens to co-star the puppets!
DEMONIC TOYS (1992)
Definitely a worthy successor to the Puppet Master series, Demonic Toys is just as good and just as bad. It’s a simple story about people trapped in a toy warehouse in which a creepy clown Jack-in-the box, teddy bear, baby doll, and robot come to life.
Beware hungry bears!
The toys are most definitely memorable characters like their Puppet Master counterparts. A typically cheesy plot unfolds about why the toys have come to life.
The real entertainment here is the gruesome damage these toys can do. It’s all about the kills. Plus, there’s an obligatory nod to Chucky….
I’m covering this non-related sci-fi film because Dollman takes on the Demonic Toys two years later. This one stars the dude best known for playing Blanche’s cross-dressing baseball player boyfriend on an episode of The Golden Girls. At least, that’s the way I’ll always remember him.
While I have no interest in sci-fi films, his campy comic performance as a doll-sized alien that lands on earth makes this one somewhat entertaining. It also stars Jackie Earle Haley, who would go on to become the remake Freddy Krueger.
DOLLMAN vs. DEMONIC TOYS (1993)
Okay, so this multi-franchise sequel runs only ONE HOUR and is comprised largely of recycled footage from Dollman, Demonic Toys, and another Full Moon Entertainment film called Bad Channels.
It would be pretty pointless to even discuss this rehash, except for one thing. Dollman has a doll nurse girlfriend, and the baby doll Demonic Toy is totally horny for her. His perverted one-liners when he gets her in a dollhouse bedroom and prepares to screw her make this the BEST film in the series. I don’t know how the actress playing the doll nurse was able to act truly terrified as she fended off a dude in a huge baby doll costume.
PUPPET MASTER vs. DEMONIC TOYS (2004)
Keeping Christmas alive!!! What a treat. This campy sequel to both Puppet Master and Demonic Toys is a holiday classic! The oddest thing about this crossover is the casting of Corey Feldman as the father of a teenage girl! He’s a blood relative of the creator of the puppets, so he brings them back to life.
Meanwhile, an evil toy corporation wants to unleash the Demonic Toys on the world—using Corey Feldman’s formula. Baby Doll is as horny as ever and looking to breastfeed. His chase scenes and fart flying totally rock.
There’s also a mall Santa and a cheesy, hellish demon (love it). With a near 90-minute running time, the film is a little longer than it needs to be, but the toy and puppet action is hot once it finally gets going.
DEMONIC TOYS 2 (2010)
Demonic Toys 2 captures the spirit of the classic early 90s Full Moon toy movies. Oddity collectors come together at a mysterious old mansion/castle and before long, the Demonic Toys are back in action!
There’s plenty of thunder and lightning, eerie shadows, bloody kills, and typical bizarre side stories. The ending is complete with a séance, a medium who goes all Exorcist, and a final demon-tastic confrontation. It also stars Karen Walker’s gay nemesis Leslie Jordan from Will & Grace.
BABY OOPSIE (2021)
The baby doll finally steps out as a solo act in a tight, 76-minute doll slasher that is as simple and satisfying as old Full Moon movies used to be.
A grown woman named Sybil lives with her evil, chain-smoking, white trash stepmother, is harassed by her boss at work, and is bullied by guys on the street.
To escape her misery, she gets lost in the joys of her doll collection. She also has daydreams about enacting violent revenge on her abusers.
Then Sybil gets a package in the mail—it’s the badly damaged Baby Oopsie doll! She fixes it up, but that’s not good enough for her. In restoring it, she takes things too far and resurrects the doll.
Baby Oopsie is back in business! Snarky, bitchy, and not even nice to the loving doll mommy that resurrected it, Oopsie goes on a gory killing spree and eventually drags Sybil into the craziness, all while poking fun at Annabelle, The Exorcist, and everyday Karens.
Eventually Sybil realizes she has to put a stop to the madness, giving us a throwback moment when she researches killer dolls online. Awesome.
This is definitely Full Moon back in classic form.
BABY OOPSIE 2: MURDER DOLLS (2022)
It’s frustrating that Full Moon releases Blu-ray sequels running less than an hour long when there’s another “sequel” on the way that is really just the end of the story, and both short films could fit on one disc.
Part 2 is only 55 minutes long and isn’t much of a killer doll slasher (I’m sure the combined body count of both this and the next film would remedy that). Sybil (our leading lady from the previous film) and her male buddy are now Satan worshippers and luring victims in for Baby Oopsie by advertising as an S&M couple online.
A hot detective comes sniffing around following up on the death of Sybil’s boss in the first movie.
And a blonde bombshell from a toy company comes and offers Sybil an opportunity to mass produce the dolls she makes.
At first Sybil is psyched to create more killer dolls, but then a ghost comes and pressures her to get back to being good, so she hatches a plot to rescue her S&M buddy from the grip of evil as well. A priest is even set up to take a larger role in the next sequel.
That’s it. That’s the story. The film ends on a cliffhanger to keep you waiting for part 3. I love that it has that classic Full Moon doll horror vibe again, but I just wish they would make actual full-length movies instead of shorter “installments”.
BABY OOPSIE 3: BURN BABY BURN (2022)
Running only 46 minutes long and picking up right where the previous film left off, Baby Oopsie 3 is a reminder that you should watch all three movies in a single sitting to get the full Full Moon killer doll movie effect.
Our main girl Sybil attempts to exorcise her friend, but that backfires and Baby Oopsie and a bevy of other evil dolls are unleashed. That includes a cowboy doll that totally upstages Baby Oopsie!
The priest from the last movie figures out how to help Sybil stop the insanity, which is the meat of this movie—cheesy Full Moon doll fight!
It’s campy, it’s violent, it’s goofy, and it’s purely entertaining. There’s even a fembot moment and a killer klown doll from toy hell.
Best of all, the final scene promises either another Demonic Toys sequel or more spin-offs.
DEMONIC TOYS: JACK-ATTACK (2023)
This is how you do a spin-off of the Demonic Toys movies. I enjoyed the Baby Oopsie movies, but they became progressively more and more about cheesy humor than horror.
On the other hand, Jack-Attack taps into that classic 90s Full Moon killer doll horror vibe, and I’d say at just 59 minutes long, it’s too short. Just when the gory action gets good, the film ends! Of course if it ran even 75 minutes long I probably would have argued that it shouldn’t have run more than an hour long.
Anyway, with no real explanation as to why Jack is back and out of his box, or why he has a totally unnecessary, full size clown as a sidekick, he literally worms his way into the life of a teen orphan.
She is placed in a new foster home, and pretty soon Jack is on the loose, killing all the people that live in the house.
There’s not much more to the plot than that beyond awesome horror vibes and bloody kills, plus a hot daddy, although it’s implied he’s a predatory sleazoid.
The movie specifically ties into the Baby Oopsie plot and leaves us with the promise of another spinoff starring the scary bear. Wahoo!
It definitely seems that these hour-long branching stories are leading towards a Demonic Toys reunion.