Franchise Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

An elderly toy maker and his son make killer toys designed to kill their customers, children.

Well I’m sure everyone else was as shocked as I was that we got another “Silent Night, Deadly Night” film.

With this entry we see the story return to an evil Santa character, something fans seemed happy about. I was happy as I’ve always had a fondness for films that feature killer toys, films such as “Puppet Master” or “Demonic Toys”, if you’re like me then this film may actually be for you.

I was so happy that I enjoyed this, again I don’t know if it’s because my expectations are low but I found myself just smiling as the film went on. Brian Yuzna who directed the previous film wrote the script for this and I feel like he really started to understand the franchise.

One thing I thought whilst watching this was someone, somewhere gave the studio a kick up the ass to do this and trying to bring it back round to the original themes of the film, you could see they were going somewhere with this and it’s quite a shame it was the last as I’d liked to have seen where they went next.

Now I will warn you, this film is cheesy, I’m talking extremely cheesy. For me though I find that this just adds to it’s low budget charm, sure you’ll laugh more than you’ll be scared but I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be entertained. I mean it’s got killer toys , what’s not to enjoy?!

“Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 5: The Toy Maker” is a fun addition to the franchise, I just wish they would have thought of it after number 2 or 3 because fans alienated this film, there’s only so many times you can be let down.


Miscellaneous facts about the film:


The characters Pino and Petto are references to Pinocchio and Gepetto, from the classic 1883 novel.

During the scene where Noah is playing Santa at the mall, a little girl asks him for a copy of the movie “Bride of Re-Animator”, which was a film directed by screenwriter Brian Yuzna.

The building used for external shots of Sarah’s workplace is the headquarters of the now defunct Live Home Video, the company that originally released the movie on VHS in North America.

Richard N. Gladstein, who served as a Producer, plays an extra/actor with no dialogue. In the previous film in the series Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 he played a character with a full role while serving as Producer.

Co-writer and Director Martin Kitrosser went on to work as Script Supervisor on every Quentin Tarantino film.

Actress Neith Hunter plays a character with the same name as previous film in the series, Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4. Both films had completely different people in charge of Casting.

Actor Conan Yuzna plays a character with the same name as previous film in the series, Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4. Both films had completely different people in charge of Casting.

Actor Clint Howard plays a character with the same name as previous film in the series, Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4. Both films had completely different people in charge of Casting.

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