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Robert and the Toymaker (2017)

The Toymaker (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 21 August 2017 (UK)
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In Germany, 1941, the Nazis pursue a Toymaker who has acquired a mystical book which gives life to inanimate objects.

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Cast overview:
Lee Bane ... The Toymaker
Erick Hayden ... Colonel Ludolf Von Alvensleben
Jo Weil ... Officer Hermann Fegelein
Nathan Head ... Officer Heinrich Berger
Sophie Willis Sophie Willis ... Elisabeth
Bodo Friesecke ... Officer Karl Gebhardt
Claire Carreno Claire Carreno ... Abigail Kendrick
Rik Grayson Rik Grayson ... Benjamin Hoffman
Harriet Rees ... Esther Muller
Ali Rodney ... Brigitte Muller
Francesco Tribuzio ... Christophe Muller
Jonathan Willis ... Josef
Robert Graham Robert Graham ... Wilhelm
Courtney Bartle Courtney Bartle ... Francesca
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In Nazi Germany, 1941, fearsome Colonel Ludolf Von Alvensleben acquires a legendary Occult book which holds the secret to bringing inanimate objects to life. Stolen by rogue Nazi officer Benjamin Hoffman, the mysterious book ends up in the hands of Toymaker Amos Blackwood after Benjamin is tracked down and murdered by SS officers in the town of Rosenheim. As the Nazis terrorize the locals while searching for the book, the Toymaker experiments with the ancient tome and gives life to his collection of vintage dolls and handmade toys. After betrayal from one of his employees the SS raid the Toymaker's shop, stealing the book and kidnapping Amos. But the animated dolls and toys don't take kindly to the loss of their master. So begins a mission to rescue the Toymaker from the clutches of the evil Colonel and exact a brutal and bloody revenge on the Nazis. Written by North Bank Entertainment

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Robert and the Toymaker See more »

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The third feature film that the Robert the Doll character has appeared in. See more »

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When the Toy Maker is being tortured, the Nazi gets the gun from the desk. The desk is a Abbess model D103 made in the UK and highly unlikely to be used in a German SS headquarters. See more »

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One book that never properly comes to life
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Saw 'The Toymaker', being fond of horror/thriller regardless of budget (even if not my favourite genre) and being intrigued somewhat by the idea. Being behind on my film watching and reviewing, with a long to watch and review list that keeps getting longer, it took me a while to get round to watching and reviewing it.

Giving 'The Toymaker' a fair chance with being interest and apprehension, it turned out to be far better than expected. Won't say that 'The Toymaker' is a great film because it isn't (pretty weak actually) and the potential, while not wasted, is not fully lived up to. Considering the large number of films seen recently being mediocre and less and wasting potential, was expecting worse and was relieved that while wanting in a fair few areas it was actually marginally better than most recent low-budget viewings.

'The Toymaker' started off quite reasonably, the first twenty minutes or so starting the film off on a promising, unsettling and atmospheric note that really does intrigue.

Production values did have some eeriness and nowhere near as cheap as expected, and the music, which not the most memorable in the world, didn't detract from the atmosphere.

The setting is effectively spooky. There are a few spooky and suspenseful moments.

However, the story was severely wanting in especially the second half after starting off promisingly for the first twenty minutes. It is very disjointed, extremely padded with so many scenes that add nothing and gets dull and uneventful too early after the promising start. The final third especially loses atmosphere, one loses interest and things start to not make sense and gets increasingly jumbled. Too much of the film is vague and doesn't explore some elements and story strands enough (motives are underexplored or absent for example), some dropped soon after being introduced, go nowhere or serve much point.

Ending is unsatisfying, on top of feeling hasty there are too many loose ends hanging in the air. Got the sense that the writers didn't know how to end the film. Would have liked much more tension and suspense (which were generally very lacking), scares could have been more consistent and much more (what there was was predictable and cheap) and generally weren't surprising enough.

Found too the script to lack natural flow and with a lot of cheese, repetition and padding going on, and the characters bland with some adopting some annoying and not always logical decision making. The support acting in particular is even more problematic than the second half's storytelling, at best it was poor and too often terrible.

Overall, weak but could have been worse. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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