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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

Return to sender!

1/10
Author: capkronos (capkronos00@hotmail.com) from Ohio, USA
22 August 2002

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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Smelly monkey turd.

3/10
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland
10 January 2010

"The Devil's Gift" is about a toy monkey that the mother has found in an old toy shop and bought for her son.No matter how the family tries to get rid of it,the monkey always comes back with deadly consequences.This film is strikingly similar to Stephen King's short story "The Monkey" about cymbal-banging monkey toy that is possessed by an evil spirit.Every time the monkey claps its little cymbals together somebody dies."The Devil's Gift" is so sweet and cheerful that you will want to vomit.The opening animated sequence is surprisingly clever,unfortunately the rest of the film is deadly dull and without any suspense or gore.One of the very worst horror movies from 80's.3 monkeys out of 10.

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

*1/2 out of 4

Author: Bleeding-Skull from Review Land
3 December 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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.

Canidate for worst movie ever in 1984. Poor and cheap special effects, rotten direction and has nothing to do with the plot. If it weren't for the poor script, this awful Child's Play copy would be completely forgotten. And there is a good reason why it should be at the IMDb Bottom 100.

Rated R.

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8 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

Original version of "Merlins Shop of Mystical Wonders", NO BETTER!

1/10
Author: Twilight_Wraith
20 October 2000

This is a c****y movie that for some reason was later tacked onto the "other" Kenneth J. Berton film "Merlin's Shop of Mystical wonders". It's about a toy monkey that kills animals and somehow keeps getting bought by the same damn family over and over again, i only have to say this about all the coincidences... BULL****! Which by the way describes this movie in full.

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