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Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

Year: 1991
Rated: R
Relase Date: 06 Nov 1991
Country of Origin: USA
Runtime: 90 min
Director: Martin Kitrosser
Writer: Martin Kitrosser, Brian Yuzna
Starring: William Thorne, Jane Higginson, Van Quattro, Tracy Fraim
IMDb Rating: 4.2 (882 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

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?

Beavis’s Movie Memories

Just in time for Christmas, I was treated to the cine-tragic horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night 5. Thank God this movie was shown because I had so many unanswered questions from Silent Night, Deadly Night 4! The movie has a promising cast with Mickey Rooney, Clint Howard, and an attractive, doe-eyed heroine Catherine Schreiber.

As movies in general go, this one wasn’t half bad. It’s what you would expect from a ‘B’ movie horror flick. It starts out with a young boy who sees his father (stepfather?) murdered by a mysterious toy delivered to his home late at night by an anonymous deliveryman. After that, he stops speaking and his mother tries to console him by taking him to Mr. Peto (as in Geppetto, get it?) who runs a toy shop. The owner, played by Rooney, has a son who works at the shop and does some disturbing things like spy on the kid’s mom while hiding in her house.

There’s an odd part of the movie where the evil-doer’s landlord comes over screaming for the rent. He asks for one more day and gives him a gift to take home to his daughter. The gift looks like a turd in a shiny green retail box. On the ride home, the toy kills the man, which he probably deserved for trying to give his kid a turd-toy. Another funny death scene involves the neighbor-lady’s foul mouthed, disrespectful son who finds a pair of (evil) rollerblades. When he puts them on, tiny rockets ignite, sending him flying across the street and lawn.

It all ends creepily enough when it is revealed that Joe Pedo’s son is really an anatomically incorrect robot! OMG! They kill the robot once, but being a predictable ‘B’ movie, the robot comes back to life and they have to kill it again before leaving the basement. The end.

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