The Devil's Gift (1984)

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An evil demon that inhabits a monkey doll takes over the mind of a suburban housewife to carry out its plans.



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Credited cast:
Bob Mendelsohn ...
David Andrews (as Bob Mendlesohn)
Vicki Saputo ...
Struan Robertson ...
Bruce Parry ...
Madelon Phillips ...
J. Renee Gilbert ...
Marlene Ryan ...
Stuart White ...
Caris Palm ...
Girl in Store
Barry Chandler ...
Guy in Car
Olwen Morgan ...
Ángeles Olazábal ...
Girl on Bike
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Billy Bletcher ...
Pincushion Man (voice) (archive sound)


An evil demon that inhabits a monkey doll takes over the mind of a suburban housewife to carry out its plans.

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22 August 2002 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Susan (Vicki Saputo) buys a cymbal-playing toy monkey with glowing eyes at an antique store to give to her boyfriend's young son Micheal (Straun Robertson) for his birthday. It turns out to be possessed by a demon, which means the electricity goes off, the plants wilt and Charlie the goldfish and Sparkle the dog are goners. Eventually it possesses Susan which puts dad David (Bob Mendlesohn) on a quest to find out what's going on.

I think this was made by some Christian right-wing group to get back at the all the gory 80s slasher movies, because there's no violence, nudity or profanity. I can't think of a horror movie with more hugging, kissing, tickling, "knuckle sandwiches," back patting, good family values and platonic puppy-doggy lovey-dovey, and it's set in white bread middle class suburbia. David cheerfully tells his neighbor, "If there was a friend of the year award, you'd get it!" Even a psychic's home is littered with velvet paintings and statues of Jesus! Most of the running time is composed of the boring everyday events of boring everyday people, all set to bad elevator-style Muzak. It copies Stephen King's short story "The Monkey" and is pure torture from start to finish.

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