Dollman vs. Demonic Toys Reviews
It runs sixty-four minutes, with four minutes of credits at both ends, and in true Corman fashion, a god deal of the rest of this is flashbacks to three others films with plenty of footage to pad out the already flimsy running time. There's honestly about forty minutes of new footage here, and most of that was shot for other films and just not used until now. The title carefully paints the story, which is essentially a finale to a movie that doesn't exist, which explains why they needed all of that padding.
Tim Thomerson's painfully serious performance was meant to be a goof, but it's just not funny. In fact, none of this is any fun at all. The Dollman special effects are shockingly good for a film of such meager means, as the sets are impressive. The problem with the effects lies with the possessed toys, which aren't in the least bit convincing. The giant baby is the only one with any lines or a personality, and he talks in throwaway one-liners that aren't funny either. Half the time you can't understand what he's saying anyway so it doesn't matter much.
And despite the brief run time, the film is quite boring, mostly because you're watching clips from movies you've already seen (in my case anyway) and you didn't ever want to see them again. "Dollman VS. Demonic Toys" is the worst kind of filmmaking, lazy and only existing to make a quick buck. Considering how little money and effort he put into this one, I'm sure Band made a pretty penny on this one. But it sure cost him a lot of integrity.
That aside this is actually good fun and continues the cult craziness of the previous films with the added bonus of Thomerson back as Dollman. Most of the film is filled with flashbacks unfortunately which does take up time and seeing as the film is one hour!!, you can tell they struggled to fill out the plot.
Effects wise its about on par with the other films accept this time we have life size Demonic Toys going up against 'Brick' which doesn't look too bad really. The fact they are real models using stop motion makes all the difference which would be lost using CGI. Its actually the big in your face models and puppets that make this film enjoyable, utterly farcical but fun, kinda like a fairground ride in the funhouse.
You could almost say its a low budget modern day Harryhausen homage flick...almost. Gotta give kudos for imagination, absurdity and the balls to actually make something so zany.
The obvious two are Dollman and Demonic Toys the two title characters who are coming together to battle it out (at least that was the idea right?) while the third film Bad Channels introduces Nurse Ginger into the mix.
Add a little Phil Fondacaro, a script similar to the first Demonic Toys and presto, Dollman vs. Demonic Toys.
I liked that the toys now had a GI Joe type figure but didn't like that the killer teddy bear was removed. Dollman kills everything in his path and Nurse Ginger... she's just there for eye candy really.
Had this film been more new content rather than almost 1/4 rehash from other movies, very little plot development and a story that's practically copied, I'd have enjoyed it. As it is, it feels like a waste of money. it's as if I've been had. Still, it's campy fun starring Fondacaro and Thomerson so that's not all bad.
Well like in the post end credits sequence in Bad Channels, Dollman arrives in Pahoota to hook up with shrunken Nurse Ginger. Right away there is a BLARRING continuity error. At the end of Bad Channels, the girl Bunny was the one left 13 inches tall and nurse Ginger was grown back to normal size. WHOOPS!!! My guess is that the actress refused to return so Full Moon "conveniently" rewrote the script to have Nurse Ginger still being 13 inches tall hoping viewers would just forgot that little fact. WRONG! Well Dollman and Ginger hook up, shag, and then are approached by a cop (Tracy Scoogins, returning from Demonic toys) to have them help here destroy some toys from hell. Always in the mood for action, Dollman agrees so he and his girlfriend go out on a hunt. The result isn't near as fun as it could have been.
This film feels like it was cooked up in a matter of minutes and to top it off, only about half of it (a half hour out of its measly hour long running time) is new footage. The remaining film is all flashback footage from Dollman, Demonic Toys and Bad Channels. WHAT! Full Moon you cheap cocks! I've already seen those movies so I don't need to rewatch them!
The film feels considerably cheaper than all three films it's a sequel to and the part that takes a beating is the special effects as when Dollman battles the Demonic Toys, it's obviously guys in suits making the toys run around. I did dig the new demonic toy which is a G.I. Joe like solder with bug eyes. He really gave Dollman a run for his money.
The film does have a few moments (the line "pop goes the weasel" is one of them) but it's not enough to save this rushed, clobbered together film. It could have been a monumental project for Full Moon but as usual Charles Band decides to cut corners resulting in a film that's a disappointment to the hard core fans. Sadly this film killed any chance of further adventures of Dollman but the Demonic Toys would return in another crossover film (Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys) and a direct sequel (Demonic Toys 2).
It only runs 60 minutes, with at least 25-30 of that being flashbacks and stock footage to the previous movies. They changed the voice of the killer doll to a much-more annoying one, replaced the rabid teddy bear with a very uninteresting and boring toy soldier that does pretty much nothing, and the script is even worse then the one used for the first Demonic Toys.
It does have a couple good points though. Like I said, Dollman is always a joy to watch, even though his girlfriend is one of the most annoying characters I've ever seen in a movie. There was quite the unexpected death which I always enjoy although I wish it had been more cinematic and not quite so lame. And of course any time the killer toys are on screen, killing people and causing mayhem and getting into scraps with Dollman, the movie is at its high point. Unfortunately with the actual new footage only being about 30 minutes worth, tops, and a lot of that takes place before Dollman and co ever get inside the toy warehouse, that doesn't leave much time for that stuff.