Killer toys

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In fiction, Killer toys are children's toys that come to life to commit violent acts.

Concept of killer toys[edit]

The concept of toys coming to life is a common and historical concept in children's literature,[1] 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.[2][3]

List of films[edit]

The films that feature the Killer Toys are listed in alphabetical order:

Film Year Ref.
Asylum 1972 [4]
Barbara 1974 [4]
Blood Dolls 1999 [5]
Bride of Chucky 1998 [6]
Child's Play 1988 [6]
Child's Play 2 1990 [6]
Child's Play 3 1991 [6]
Curse of Chucky 2013 [6]
Dead of Night 1945 [4]
Dead Silence 2007 [4]
Demonic Toys 1992 [7]
Doll Killer 1987 [8]
Dollman vs. Demonic Toys 1993 [8]
Dolls 1987 [6]
Dolly Dearest 1991 [8]
From Beyond the Grave 1974 [4]
Great Gabbo, TheThe Great Gabbo 1929 [4]
House of Evil 1968 [9]
Magic 1978 [4]
Puppet Master 1989 [4]
Seed of Chucky 2004 [6]
Small Soldiers 1998 [10]

In television[edit]

  • 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.
    • The Goosebumps books and TV series had the "Night of the Living Dummy" stories which featured a sentient ventriloquist dummy named Slappy.
    • R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour featured Lilly D. in the episodes "Really You" Pt. 1 and 2 and "The Return of Lilly D."
  • In the Duel Masters franchise, the concept of the killer toys are featured in the Death Puppets of the Darkness Civilization.


  1. ^ Media Myths, Children's Nightmares, "Stories of toys that come to life can of course be found throughout the history of children's literature..." 
  2. ^ Buckingham, David (1996). Moving Images: Understanding Children's Emotional Responses to Television. Manchester University Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7190-4595-0. 
  3. ^ Lennard, Dominic W. All fun and games…: children's culture in the horror film, from Deep Red (1975) to Child's Play (1988), Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 133-142 (2012)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Landis, John (2011). "Killer Dolls". Monsters in the Movies. DK Adults. pp. 236–237. ISBN 978-0-7566-8370-2. 
  5. ^ Blood Dolls at the IMDb Retrieved 25.April 2014
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Berra, John, ed. (2010). Directory of World Cinema: American Independent. Intellect Ltd. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-84150-368-4. 
  7. ^ Telotte, J.P. The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology, p. 172 (2008)
  8. ^ a b c Weldon, Michael (1996). The Psychotronic Video Guide To Film. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-312-13149-4. 
  9. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2009). Leonard Maltin's 2010 Movie Guide. Plume. ISBN 978-0-452-29557-5. 
  10. ^ Bart, Peter (2000). The Gross: The Hits, The Flops: The Summer That Ate Hollywood. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-312-25391-2. 
  11. ^ Dodo Chaplet / Jackie Lane. "Dr Who 10th Anniversary Special". Radio Times. 1973. 
  12. ^ The Celestial Toymaker reviews at The Doctor Who Ratings Guide
  13. ^ The Celestial Toymaker reviews at Outpost Gallifrey