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The Toybox (2005)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 16 April 2005 (USA)
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It all began so innocently for two children growing up in the deepest countryside, their imaginations set ablaze by a book on local myths and legends. Berenice convinces her younger brother... See full summary »

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Paolo Sedazzari

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alexander Abadzis Alexander Abadzis ... Jake the Midfolker
Russell Barnes Russell Barnes ... Grandpa Alan
Suzanne Bertish ... Madeline Usher
Sara Bispham Sara Bispham ... Young Berenice
Heather Chasen Heather Chasen ... Eleanora Usher
Les Dungar Les Dungar ... Uncle Reg
Peter Ellis Peter Ellis ... The Vicar
Dom Gallagher Dom Gallagher ... Ambulancemen
Craig Henderson ... Conrad
Elliott Jordan ... Brian Usher
William Lockhart William Lockhart ... The Clown
Simon Mason Simon Mason ... Sgt. Barry Brice
Minnie Minnie ... Black Shuck
Claudine Spiteri Claudine Spiteri ... Berenice Usher
Christopher Terry Christopher Terry ... Rod Usher
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It all began so innocently for two children growing up in the deepest countryside, their imaginations set ablaze by a book on local myths and legends. Berenice convinces her younger brother Brian that she is the reincarnation of a witch with the powers to put everything right. As they grow up Brian becomes emotionally dependent on his sister, so that when she returns to the family home for Christmas with her new boyfriend he feels totally betrayed. At the same time a man strongly resembling the mythical Jake the Mid-Folker is closing in. An overwhelming sense of impending horror surrounds the house, but is the enemy outside - or is the enemy within? Written by Paolo Sedazzari

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English

Release Date:

16 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Hertfordshire, England, UK See more »

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GBP100,000 (estimated)
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Stereo (RCA Sound System)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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During the post production process the company computers were seized by the bailiffs. A couple of vital scenes and the majority of the soundtrack were lost. The film was completed by piecing together what remained on laptops and from earlier recording sessions. See more »

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First rate modern British horror
5 September 2006 | by guykwardSee all my reviews

From the very beginning the film has you in its morbid and twisted grip. A story of myth and legends set against the solitude of the Norfolk countryside, it has all the hallmarks of a very modern British horror. This film snaps along at a cracking pace never giving you a moment to gather yourself together.

Elliot Jordan, who plays Brian Usher, has real screen presence that you simply cannot take your eyes away from him, and you'd be advise not too as his character descends into what proves to be a fatal spiral of madness and carnage for all concerned. Brian's sister Berenice and is played by Claudine Spiteri, she brings a real sense of glamour to the rather stark and bleak surroundings. More importantly for me Claudine has something 'other worldly about her', she positively resonates on the screen. But for me the show is stolen just ever so slightly by the vampish Madeline Usher, their mother and played by Suzanne Bertish with consummate skill and with such reality I would find it hard to say where the smouldering, drinking mother ends and Suzanne begins – she simply inhabits the role and makes it her own.

The Direction is assured and the editing never once allows the pace to wander. Considering this was shot digitally it has nothing other than a film feel. THe colours are lush and vibrant. The snow tinged exteriors are wonderful.

Watch out for the dinner party scene, it's brilliant. Here we have Berenice's timid boyfriend Conrad played perfectly by Craig Henderson. it is a typical family meal of bickering but it feels like a car crash happening with poor Conrad becoming the object of Madeline's desire. As the drink flows and Madeline's blouse plunges you feel nothing but pity for the shy Conrad, to the extent that you will want to cover your eyes with discomfort, the tension here is palpable. Family gatherings, we've all been there!

I would certainly recommend this film you certainly won't be disappointed.


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