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The Devil's Gift (1984)

| Thriller, Horror | 1985 (USA)
An evil demon that inhabits a monkey doll takes over the mind of a suburban housewife to carry out its plans.

Director:

Kenneth J. Berton

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Kenneth J. Berton (story), José Vergelin (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Mendelsohn Bob Mendelsohn ... David Andrews (as Bob Mendlesohn)
Vicki Saputo Vicki Saputo ... Susan
Struan Robertson Struan Robertson ... Michael Andrews
Bruce Parry Bruce Parry ... Pete
Madelon Phillips Madelon Phillips ... Adrianne
J. Renee Gilbert J. Renee Gilbert ... Grandma
Marlene Ryan Marlene Ryan ... Marge
Stuart White ... Manager
Caris Palm Caris Palm ... Girl in Store
Barry Chandler Barry Chandler ... Guy in Car
Olwen Morgan Olwen Morgan ... Elmira Johnson
Ángeles Olazábal Ángeles Olazábal ... Girl on Bike
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Bletcher ... Pincushion Man (voice) (archive sound)
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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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Satan's only gift is DEATH... See more »

Genres:

Thriller | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regalo del diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The fair (shown briefly at about 9 minutes into the movie) was the "Foley & Burk Show of Shows" (claimed to be the largest fair on the west coast). It was a traveling fair and at the time of the making of this movie, the fair was set in Santa Rosa, California. See more »

Goofs

When Michael is nearly killed, the dustbin jumps from the sidewalk to the driveway between shots. See more »

Quotes

David Andrews: [yelling as he tries to bury the toy monkey] You'll have to do better than that, you little bastard!
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Features Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966) See more »

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Music & Lyrics by Paul Friedman, Ashley Hall
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Return to sender!
22 August 2002 | by capkronosSee 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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