Oddly enough, it’s kinda entertaining.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)
Directed By: Martin Kitrosser (Daddy’s Girl)
Safe to say after the crap-fest that was Silent Night, Deadly Night 3 & 4 (and even 2 to an extent) I wasn’t holding out much hope when I gotten down to the last entry in the series. But to my surprise what I found wasn’t as bad as I had figured it was going to be.
Perhaps we can hand that to director Martin Kitrosser who doesn’t have much on his list of movies he has directed but he has actually written the script for Friday the 13th part III..well maybe that isn’t much to brag about, but he did also supervise the scripts for every one of Quentin Tarantino’s films since Pulp Fiction and that just has to count for something right??..Right?
Soooo an old toy maker and his son make killer toys designed to kill their owners, kids. Not really the stuff Oscars are made of but it oddly enough comes across as watchable here. And just who is the toy maker you ask? Mickey Rooney! The same Mickey Rooney that protested the first Silent Night, Deadly Night..so what’s the deal? Did the man sale out or just get a sense of humor??
Also oddly enough Kim (Neith Hunter) and even Ricky (Clint Howard) are back from part 4 and as to why I have no clue because neither have any real purpose. Ricky is just there for a scene and he looks to not only shockingly be alive, and that’s saying something from how 4 ended, but he looks to be kinda reformed in a none crazy capacity..I have no clue why on any of these matters so I’ll just move along.
The real kicker here is that stuff just gets soo over the top that you can’t help but laugh, so if you wanted something that actually gets spooky this isn’t for you. If you want something to just chill out and laugh at then here you go. Among the highlights of this, intentional or not, is the main kid in this movies acting..See he doesn’t really talk so his acting consists of just looking EXTREMELY confused and getting all wide eyed. And it is just as bad and just as funny as it sounds.
And I’m not one for SPOILERS so if you don’t want to know skip this little part here…That has to be the toughest baby sitter in the world. Not only does she take a shot right smack in the chest from the toy tank, she gets shot at and hit by all the solider dolls, she’s looks to be on the verge of bleeding to death and she actually LIVES??? Holy hell folks that is one hell of a secondary throw away character.
And if you can watch the last part of this film without enjoying it and laughing then you are by far a better movie watcher than I.
This may shock a few folks but I believe this is the best entry in the series since the first! It’s over the top, it’s bloody, and if it wasn’t for the silly plot and the boring start I think more folks would really enjoy this more than they do.
If you haven’t seen it in a while or if you have never seen it it’s well worth seeing. Just loosen up while watching it and give your brain a rest because it won’t be needed here.
The Rating (6/10)