Parents' Guide to

Toys of Terror

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, scares in cheesy, low-budget holiday horror.

Movie R 2020 89 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

What in the f did i just watch

Decided to look this movie at 2 am scary mood ive never seen such monnstrocity of a movie the special effects if there were even used were so bad a junior it programmer could have directed this. not even to mention what the acting was in this movie i would give it lower then 1 star but that is not possible unfortunatly -7/10 would not recommend
age 11+

Kinda sucks

I saw this movie on Halloween and it was Boring I didn't know what the heck was going on, and the end is complete nonsense.

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Toys of Terror is a cheesy, low-budget holiday horror movie constrained by the formulaic nature of the "haunted house" movie. While parents who were kids of the 1970s and '80s will have plenty of "Oh yeah, I remember..." moments when seeing these possessed toys that look similar to the popular toys of their childhoods, the kitsch of these toys turned psychotic doesn't quite carry the day. If anything, it suggests a missed opportunity for something with the potential to have been much more original than what it ended up being. The twists and turns to the story never break out of the mold, and the result comes across as something seen so many times before.

On the plus side, there's a welcome diversity to the cast, and one of the subplots concerns a blended family where the parents and kids struggle with making the holidays work. However, like the kitschy toys, this also feels like a missed opportunity as the movie becomes too concerned with hitting plot points than working the blended family dynamic more into the action. Also, there's a caretaker of the kids who seems, in hindsight, to only exist for the purposes of the attempt at a "spooky epilogue." Toys of Terror will be enjoyable for those looking for a break from the standard saccharin holiday fare, but the result is ultimately disappointing and a wasted opportunity.

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