DVD released by Brain Damage Films
|Directed by||Joe Castro|
|Produced by||Joe Castro|
|Screenplay by||Rudy Balli|
|Story by||Rudy Balli
Steven J. Escobar
|Music by||J.M. Logan|
|Edited by||Steven J. Escobar|
Jesco Film Entertainment
|Distributed by||Brain Damage Films|
Terror Toons is a 2002 American comedy horror film directed by Joe Castro, and written by Rudy Balli. It was followed by two sequels, Terror Toons 2: The Sick and Silly Show in 2007, and Terror Toons 3 in 2016.
In the "cartoon dimension" mad scientist Doctor Carnage experiments on a man, then disembowels him and rips his skull out through his stomach. On Earth, sisters Cindy and Candy are left alone with Cindy's friend Amy. While Cindy and Amy call over Rick and Eddie, Candy watches a Terror Toons DVD that she received in the mail. Created by Satan, the DVD depicts the antics of Doctor Carnage and his accomplice Max Assassin, a stolen lab monkey that was mutated into a monster by Carnage.
As Cindy and her friends play Strip Ouija, Candy dozes off, awakening when Carnage and Max appear in her room. The two rip Candy's spine out, behead her friend Tommy when he drops by, dismember a pizza delivery man with a giant pizza cutter, and do a hypnotic disco dance number that causes Eddie to vomit up his own innards. When Cindy, Amy, and Rick try to escape, they discover that all of the doors have been replaced by vertigo-inducing spirals. Rick is taken and has his brain experimented on by Carnage and Max, while Cindy and Amy are separated when a police officer who was released from Terror Toons is blown up by a stick of dynamite that was hidden in a box of donuts.
Cindy is captured by Carnage and, along with the lobotomized Rick, is forced to watch as Carnage and Max saw Amy in half as apart of a magic act. The two villains then take Cindy to a cartoon version of Hell and present her to the Devil, who explains that he intends to use Terror Toons to ravage the Earth and corrupt children. Realizing that "anything is possible" in cartoons, Cindy becomes a superhero and challenges the Devil, who sends her back to her house. After discovering a machine that is producing Terror Toons DVDs, Cindy is attacked by Max, but she uses her new powers to snap his neck, and stomp his brain out. When Carnage comes at her with a giant axe, Cindy uses it against him, cutting his head in half with it. As tiny monsters pour out of Carnage's split skull, Cindy destroys the Terror Toons DVD press with a crowbar.
Cindy and Candy's parents return home from a wedding, and find Rick banging his head against a wall while Cindy laughs hysterically, surrounded by the remains of her friends and sister. Next door, a boy finds another copy of Terror Toons in his mailbox, and rushes inside with it. The boy's front door slams shut, and Carnage's giggle is heard.
- Beverly Lynne as Cindy
- Lizzy Borden as Candy
- Brandon Ellison as Rick
- Kerry Liu as Amy
- Fernando Padilla as Eddie
- Jack Roberts as The Devil
- Gil Chase as The Father
- Shimmy Maxx as The Mother
- Fernando Gasca as Tommy
- Alexi Bustamante as The Pizza Boy
- James Sullivan as The Cartoon Cop
- Stephanie Vasquez as Cartoon Girl #1
- Diane Heppner as Cartoon Girl #2
- Scott Barrow as Max Assassin
- Matt Falletta as Doctor Carnage
- Ian Villalobos as The Neighbor's Son
Terror Toons was shot in three days on a budget of $2,300.
G. Noel Gross of DVD Talk gave Terror Toons a 4/5, calling it "remarkably witty" and writing, "the whole thing bobs along like a drug-induced hallucination on a river of good old fashion GORE backed by a circus calliope soundtrack. Mr. Lewis will be proud". Conversely, Ben Platt of Something Awful referred to the film as "a shitheap" and gave it a score of -48 out -50. Similarly, Jo Hadeed, youth correspondent for The Free Lance–Star, dismissed Terror Toons as "filth" comparable to Killer Klowns from Outer Space. The film was also covered by Robert Fure for Film School Rejects's "Worst Movie Ever" column, which described Terror Toons as "quite possibly the single worst movie ever made".
- Evil Toons, a similar film released in 1992.
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- Gross, Noel (6 December 2002). "CineSchlock-O-Rama Lightning Round". dvdtalk.com. DVD Talk. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- Platt, Ben (25 March 2003). "Terror Toons". somethingawful.com. Something Awful. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- Jo Hadeed (29 December 2005). "Could this flick be any worse?". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
- Fure, Robert (29 April 2009). "This Week's Worst Movie Ever: Terror Toons". filmschoolrejects.com. Film School Rejects. Retrieved 1 March 2016.