In fiction, Killer toys are children's toys that come to life to commit violent acts.
Concept of killer toys
The concept of toys coming to life is a common and historical concept in children's literature, and the idea has been adapted into numerous horror films and other horror fiction. The 1978 film Magic represents a key inspiration for subsequent films, while the subgenre's best-known films are the Child's Play film series.
List of films
The films that feature the Killer Toys are listed in alphabetical order:
|Bride of Chucky||1998|||
|Child's Play 2||1990|||
|Child's Play 3||1991|||
|Curse of Chucky||2013|||
|Dead of Night||1945|||
|Dollman vs. Demonic Toys||1993|||
|From Beyond the Grave||1974|||
|Great Gabbo, TheThe Great Gabbo||1929|||
|House of Evil||1968|||
|Seed of Chucky||2004|||
- The theme of evil toys has also been used in Doctor Who in the serial "The Celestial Toymaker".
- An evil doll was used in a Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll" which featured Talking Tina (voiced by June Foray). Another episode titled "The Collection" features a young girl's strange collection of dolls.
- In the Mega Man episode "Crime of the Century," Dr. Wily reprograms a bunch of dolls and other toys to perform robberies all over the city. However, it's all just a diversion so Wily can get his hands on something much more valuable: a giant black pearl.
- Ventriloquist dummies and dolls are also portrayed as evil in the works of R.L. Stine.
- In the Duel Masters franchise, the concept of the killer toys are featured in the Death Puppets of the Darkness Civilization.
- In Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (a re-imaging version of the Duel Masters franchise), the Evil Toys were renamed from the Death Puppets.
- Media Myths, Children's Nightmares, "Stories of toys that come to life can of course be found throughout the history of children's literature..."
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- Dodo Chaplet / Jackie Lane. "Dr Who 10th Anniversary Special". Radio Times. 1973.
- The Celestial Toymaker reviews at The Doctor Who Ratings Guide
- The Celestial Toymaker reviews at Outpost Gallifrey