DOLLMAN VS. THE DEMONIC TOYS
With Dollman Vs. the Demonic Toys, the Band family and Full Moon Productions took the step of uniting their numerous films and running series into a single universe. Although perhaps the peculiar choice is that instead of combining their more popular ongoing franchises like the Puppetmaster films or the Trancers series, the Bands choose to combine some of their lesser films Dollman (1990), Demonic Toys (1992) and (the title fails to mention) Bad Channels (1992), from which Melissa Behrs miniaturised nurse comes.
Unfortunately, the resulting film is not quite up to the melding of ideas. For one, it is only just over an hour long and a good twenty minutes of that is filled out with stock footage from the aforementioned films. It feels less like a crossover film than it does one of those corner-cutting tv filler episodes that are put together upon some flimsy pretext and made up out of stock footage. The original parts of the film consist of very little just an extended chase through the factory. Tracy Scogginss detective character is introduced then annoyingly knocked off halfway through.
On the plus side, Tim Thomersons deadpan delivery is amusing, as it always in his various roles for the Bands. The miniature sets are well done, especially the giant kitchen set. There is a charmingly nonchalant scene where Melissa Behr gets up out of her bed in a kitchen drawer in the morning, turns the giant radio on and makes a breakfast out of a crumb broken from a cookie. The demonic toys are really quite malevolent creations. There is an amazingly perverse climax with the giant baby toy trying to rape Melissa Behr.
Full Moon subsequently crossed the Demonic Toys over with the popular Puppetmaster series in Puppetmaster vs the Demonic Toys (2004) and then spun them out in Demonic Toys: Personal Demons (2010).
Charles Band has produced over 200 films. As director, his other genre films include:- Crash (1977), Parasite (1982), The Alchemist (1983), Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983), an episode of The Dungeonmaster/Ragewar: The Challenges of Excalibrate (1984), Trancers/Futurecop (1985), Pulse Pounders (1988), Crash and Burn (1990), Meridian (1990), Trancers II (1991), Doctor Mordrid (1992), Prehysteria! (1993), Head of the Family (1996), The Creeps (1997), Hideous (1997), Mystery Monsters (1997), Blood Dolls (1999), Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003), Dr Moreaus House of Pain (2004), Decadent Evil (2005), Doll Graveyard (2005), The Gingerdead Man (2005), Evil Bong (2006), Petrified (2006), Dead Mans Hand (2007), Decadent Evil II (2007), Dangerous Worry Dolls (2008), Evil Bong II: King Bong (2009), Skull Heads (2009), Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong (2011), Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt (2011), The Dead Want Women (2012), Devildolls (2012), Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012), Ooga Booga (2013), Unlucky Charms (2013), Gingerdead Man vs Evil Bong (2013), Trophy Heads (2014), Evil Bong 420 (2015), King of Cult (2015), Evil Bong: High 5 (2016), Evil Bong 666 (2017) and Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017).