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The Toy Box (1971)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  August 1971 (USA)
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When Ralph persuades his girlfriend, Donna, to participate in a bizarre party, she discovers the guests are to perform erotic plays in the presence of a corpse - Ralph's millionaire uncle. ... See full summary »

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Ralph (as Evan Steele)
Ann Perry ...
Donna (as Ann Myers)
Neal Bishop
Debbie Osborne ...
Sally Howard (as Deborah Osborne)
T.E. Brown
Lisa Goodman
Kathy Hilton ...
Party Guest in Cotton Dress (as Kathie Hilton)
Maria Arnold ...
Maria (as Marie Arnold)
Jack King ...
Uncle
Marsha Jordan ...
Party Guest in Orange
Steve Moon
Casey Larrain ...
Party Guest in Boots
Ralph Dale
Nancy Freese
Karen Hutt
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When Ralph persuades his girlfriend, Donna, to participate in a bizarre party, she discovers the guests are to perform erotic plays in the presence of a corpse - Ralph's millionaire uncle. The players are promised gifts from the "toy box." Ralph and Donna await their turn, when the mansion's doors lock at midnight; and it's not long before they discover the players are being murdered by...the dead uncle? Written by M. Gumen

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He Twisted Women in His Hands as Though They Were Toys!. See more »

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Among the weirdest from Something Weird
24 June 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Something Weird Video has released a lot of bizarre oddities and curiosities for fans of vintage exploitation cinema. However, even by the standards of the unfairly marginalized genre, "The Toy Box" is something else entirely. I'm utterly confused at what director Ronald Víctor García and legendary producer Harry H. Novak were exactly trying to achieve here and whether they succeeded or not. Both of the men had little connections to the psychedelic scene at the time, so I assume "The Toy Box" was meant to cash in on the scene and appeal to the raincoat crowd. The film is a bit of psychedelic exploitation excess and becomes incredibly strange because of this. It wavers comfortably between the intentionally and unintentionally bizarre, working on its own inner logic. The twist ending in particular must be seen to be believed.

The film is interesting and entertaining mainly because of director Ronald Víctor García. He works well with the obvious budgetary limitations. He knows how to stage a scene and lend it the right amount of mysteriousness and unease. At all moments, one suspects something isn't right. And while the weirdness of it all prove it could only come from the 70s, surprisingly enough some of the films erotic value is still intact. While the men look like unwashed hippies, the women here are still gorgeous, especially the luscious Uschi Digard. Her sex scene with a possessed bed (I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried) is possibly the best sex scene in all of 70s sexploitation cinema. "The Toy Box" is one of the weirdest titles from a notoriously weird genre, and thats a recommendation for trash fans. (6/10)


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