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 Talky Tina (voiced by June Foray), a doll belonging to the stepdaughter of the protagonist, Erich Streator (Telly Savalas).
- 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.
- The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror III" segment, "Clown Without Pity", features a Krusty doll that tries to kill Homer. The segment borrows elements from the Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll", the Child's Play films, Gremlins, the 1975 TV film Trilogy of Terror segment "Amelia" about a killer Zuni fetish doll as well as its 1996 cinematic sequel Trilogy of Terror II segment "He Who Kills", which are both in turn adaptations of Richard Matheson's 1969 short story, "Prey". The segment also borrows elements from Cape Fear.
- 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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