“Junk in the trunk”

Films: Toys of Terror (2020)

Alias: Various, notably Uncle Monkey, the raptor helmet, the bee doll, the "Survive or Die" videogame, the dragon figure, Twisted Talker, toy cars, action figures

Type: Mystical

Location: Civilized Area

Height/Weight: That of their respective generic toy sizes.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: Evil toys are usually harbingers of off-kilter horror comedy. And in a way, this film delivers, but not so overtly. You are here to be scared, and in a way, you just might be...

History: Long ago at the Saint Germaine Children's Clinic, a boy named Jason tragically expired. His mother lost her mind upon hearing the news and, blaming the clinic, she cursed her child's toy trunk and delivered it to the place. Not long afterwards, all of the children were killed, presumably by her before she disappeared. Years later, a family moves in. Predictably, Jason's ghost urges them to leave. Not so predictably, the children's souls have inhabited the toys, turning them into murderous demons out to get the mortals to join them.

Notable Kills: See Final Fate.

Final Fate: Before the kids can be lulled into plummeting out of the attic, the toys are all sealed away in the trunk again...but not before Uncle Monkey stabs the nanny to death and they both go off the edge. Silver lining, said nanny ends up caring for the dead children, ensuring they never turn their wrath on others again.

Powers/Abilities: The toys can shift in form slightly to attack people. They can also possess them. The "Survive or Die" game is unique in how its gameplay reflects near-death experiences happening in real life at the moment.

Weakness: Anything conventional, although locking them up works too.

Scariness Factor: 4-Sure, some of the toys aren't that scary-looking, but others nail it down perfectly. Aside from their really creepy powers and backstory, these things can get quite nasty when blood needs to be shed, especially that damn monkey. The stop-motion doesn't help at all. And while that baby doll was in a dream, its face (or lack of one) will haunt you...

Trivia: -This film was directed by Nicholas Verso, who's mostly done drama TV episodes beforehand.

-It probably won't surprise kids who grew up in the 2000s, but voice-altering helmets like the raptor one here were common back then. There were ones of Autobots and Clone Troopers, to name a few.

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The playset from Hell.