Silent Night Deadly Night 5 The Toy Maker - Review
PLOT: A young boy sees his father killed by a toy that was anonymously delivered to his house. After that, he is too traumatized to speak, and his mother must deal with both him and the loss of her husband. Meanwhile, a toy maker named Joe Peto builds some suspicious-looking toys, and a mysterious man creeps around both the toy store and the boy's house...but who is responsible for the killer toys?
LOWDOWN: I still remember when my mother first rented the original Silent Night Deadly Night for me back when I was in the third grade. Over the years I slowly began seeing the sequels. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just plain ugly (part 2 and 4) I always remembered seeing the cover to this movie as a child whenever I visited the video store. Somehow I believe I mixed this movie up with another story that had a blond child with glasses who was really a robot and ended up catching fire? If anyone knows which movie I'm referring to please let me know, it's been bugging me for years and I was more than a little surprised to learn when I finally got around to watching this, it wasn't it. Anywho, I was able to watch The Toy Maker when I bought the newly released 3 pack DVD set for Silent Night Deadly Night 3, 4, and 5. I had always been curious about this sequel and it was the only one I hadn't watched yet on tape. Popping it in last spring, something terrible happened. I was drinking a cup of coffee and accidentally spilled it on my laptop. Yes I know...fluids and computers never mix. Sadly I'm an idiot who always has coffee in my hand so I'm kinda stunned it took so long for something like this to happen. Lucky enough for me after throwing my poor laptop in a huge bag of rice over night there wasn't any damage. The following night I decided to continue to watch this little gem since I stopped it when the coffee spilled the night before. What is there to say about part 5? The original Silent Night Deadly Night was a great slasher which became famous by the scandal that surrounded it's release. Sadly they truly screwed the pooch with it's sequel making it one of the best bad movies since Troll 2. Lucky I was very surprised by how good part 3 was, but was disappointed yet again with part 4. In fact I always got half way through it before shutting it off. I know I should give it another chance but I really wasn't feeling it. So finally came part 5 which in all seriousness I was pretty impressed with.
First off the movie starts off with a bang. That little Santa ball really scared the shit out of it and was a pretty cool set up showing how this little boy witnessed his father murdered before his very own eyes and the trauma caused him to go mute. (Talk about a soap opera!) We have the mother now dealing with the loss of her husband while trying to reach her small son right before the holidays.
Mickey Rooney who originally protested the first film stars as the toy store owner who has a very weird teenage son. I really have to laugh, if I was a producer of this movie I would die laughing. Guess Mr. Rooney was hard up for some cash in the early 90's. Nothing puts a smile on my face more than somebody crawling back with their tail between their legs. Guess a killer Santa Clause wasn't okay, but a toy store owner who dresses as Santa and releases killer toys to kill small children is perfectly fine.
A huge plus for this movie is Pino, the teenage son that just seem a little "off". Played by Brian Bremer who previously had stared in Pumpkinhead. He sorta steals the show and the big reveal at the end is nothing but awesome. Nothing like the holidays like a life sized Ken doll robot trying to rape a woman while screaming mommie.
There there are the awesome toys (you haven't truly enjoyed a movie until you see a kid screaming on roller blades that throw him in front of cars.) The movie had a few good twists and some pretty cool effects and great moments. Sure it isn't going to win any Oscars anytime soon but it was a great addition to horror series that needed some new life breathed into it. Great silly story that I enjoyed. This is truly a cool sequel that takes us in a cool direction and is an awesome movie to watch after having a few beers.
So in my eyes part 5 after part 3 is the best sequel after the original. A far cry from Billy dressed up as Santa going around killing, but still a fun movie to watch around the holidays.