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They should put back their toys...
Running parallel to the Puppet Master movies but not as prolific, the Demonic Toys franchise now centers on a bunch of cultists that we should sympathize with. Demonic Toys had a more fitting cast and relatable protagonists. This time, we follow weirdos and psychics, therefore shifting the focus and our attention on them rather than the supernatural threat this story should be about.
You won’t be seeing a lot of puppetry until the beginning of the second act, and it won't be pretty. The animatronics are some of the worst Full Moon Entertainment’s come up with. The whole film feels rushed and is nowhere near the more interesting 1992 Demonic Toys. If you found the original flaky, you won’t make it through this one unless you want to laugh.
The original film namely featured a robot, a teddy bear, a jack-in-a-box and a wooden soldier. A new toy, a demon doll, is introduced early on, here, to accentuate the gimmick. This ties in with the old material, but there isn't care for continuity elsewhere. The various backdrops and sets are impressive, considering nothing else is, and it makes the dialog much more bearable than the effects.