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Writer:
Ronald Víctor García (written by)
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Release Date:
August 1971 (USA) See more »
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A Pandora's Box of Freudian Depravity. See more »
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When Ralph persuades his girlfriend, Donna, to participate in a bizarre party, she discovers the guests... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Sean Kenney ... 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
Patti Mendosa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Uschi Digard ... Laura (uncredited)
Erika ... Blonde Party Guest / Picnicker (uncredited)
Neola Graef ... Party Guest in Glasses (uncredited)
Ruthann Lott ... Party Guest in Red (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Víctor García  (as Ron Garcia)
 
Writing credits
Ronald Víctor García (written by) (as Ron Garcia)

Produced by
Paul Hunt .... producer
Harry H. Novak .... producer
Phillip Yankowitz .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Paul Hunt  (as H.P. Edwards)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Víctor García  (as Rahn Vickery)
 
Makeup Department
Tony De Marco .... hair stylist
Gordon Freed .... makeup artist: women
Dennis Marsh .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ben Michaels .... production manager
 
Art Department
Nelson Cooper .... set constructor
 
Sound Department
Kevin Foggarty .... boom operator
Jan Kopetsky .... production sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Dale .... electrician
Richard Eisman .... director of lighting
Steve Moon .... key grip
 
Other crew
Ruby Sheehan .... continuity
 

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89 min | Germany:72 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Among the weirdest from Something Weird, 24 June 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

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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