“Silent Night Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker” (1991) Review

Silent Night Deadly Night 5by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

A day before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except Larry the Larvae! “Silent Night Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker” was a pretty good small budget straight to video sequel. One cannot be too surprised that the forth and fifth sequel went with a different premise per movie. Trust me, if you watch the second and third sequel, you’ll beg them to change the subject!

I know many who do not like this movie for any number of reasons, but I consider this the second best made sequel of this five movie franchise. It’s generally well done plot with pretty solid acting. Brian Yuzna co-wrote as he did the forth (director of “The Dentist” and writer of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”). It’s slow in some spots but I find it fun. Fun fact? Rooney protested and hated the first movie yet wound up acting in this one.

Derek wakes up late at night to go look at his presents only to be scolded by his dad. Derek’s dad suffers a gruesome fate as he opens a present and the present inside comes to life and violently kills him in front of his young son. The immediate demise comes as he falls head first through a fire poker! Thus, Derek is a bit shell shocked this Christmas season as some toys are seemingly alive. There are a few sub plots going on such as a gentleman named Noah who seems obsessed with Derek and his mother Sarah to the point of stalking, dressing as Santa, and finding toys to examine. We later find out why he is doing it (won’t spoil if you wish to find out by watching)

The creepiest part of the movie, aside from the toys themselves, is Mickey Rooney as Joe Petto the toymaker and his creepier son Pino (Brian Bremer). They seem to have a really volatile relationship behind the scenes. There is another twist to this I won’t spoil as it kills the ending of the movie, which is equally as weird.

My favorite kills of course come from the killer toys themselves. Noah’s angry landlord is given the “Larry the Larvae” toy box to take in his car. The larva comes alive seemingly playful at first but jumps through the landlord’s mouth and pops out his eyeballs thus flinging the car over in flames. The amusing scene of Meredith the babysitter and her boyfriend having sex and a flurry of toys come to alive around them slicing and dicing them to pieces. The scene with the fake hand groping them during sex is worth a few laughs in itself.

The movie seems to take itself seriously with good acting and believable characters. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. It’s fairly strange at the end but somehow works after how crazy Joe and Pino act around each other. The little boy Derek doesn't say much and is underused in that department but it still works out in the movie. The cinematography and graphics were pretty good for a straight to video movie with a 250,000 budget. I think it is worth a pick up in December as it is superior to the second and third movie. It has a 3.6/10 on IMDB but I award it a 4 out of 5 stars for a good effort.

Directed By: Martin Kitrosser
Written By: Martin Kitrosser & Brian Yuzna

William Thorne (Derek), Jane Higginson (Sarah), Tracy Fraim (Noah), Mickey Rooney (Joe Petto), Brian Bremer (Pino)

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