EVIL TOONS (1992) Reviews and overview

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Evil Toons is a 1992 live-action animated comedy horror feature film written, directed and co-produced by Fred Olen Ray (Super SharkThe Unliving; The TombThe Alien Dead) with cinematography by veteran Gary Graver.

The movie stars David Carradine, Monique Gabrielle and Madison Stone.

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The film was intended as a knowing spoof of traditional haunted-house films – with the female characters mocking their own movies – combined with elements of The Evil Dead and the usual naughtiness associated with director Ray’s oeuvre.

Evil Toons includes in-jokes such as cult actor Dick Miller watching himself on TV in A Bucket of Blood (1959) and Michelle Bauer going off into her bedroom followed by the sound of a chainsaw revving (a reference to Ray’s Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers).

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Fred Olen Ray initially pitched the idea for this picture to legendary exploitation movie producer Roger Corman, saying he could make the film for only $250,000 dollars. But even legendarily penny-pinching Corman turned him down on the grounds that this budget was too low. Thus challenged, Ray subsequently made the picture for his own American Independent Productions for a mere $140,000 dollars.

Plot:
A group of attractive young women spend the night in an old house. On the night of their arrival, a strange man (Carradine)arrives, delivering an old book. Once he is gone, the girls examine the book, where they find a sketch of a Tasmanian-devil-like monster.

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As time passes, the drawing emerges from the book and becomes a cartoon. At one point, after attacking one of the girls, it possesses her, and everyone in the house falls victim to the possessed girl, this includes her boyfriend Biff, the owner of the house, and two of the girls. Meg (the only surviving girl) and Gideon Fisk (owner of the book) destroy the book and the cartoon reverts back into its normal self and promptly disappears…

Reviews:
“Unfortunately, the evil toon only gets a few minutes of screen time at best before it takes on Roxanne’s appearance. No doubt a result of being low budget.” Movie Muck

“It’s cheesy, sleazy, and just plain bad (and not necessarily in a good way). I just kept waiting for more “toons” to show up and was left disappointed. Unless all you need is excessive nudity and bad acting to enjoy a flick I’d advise skipping this.” Upcoming Horror

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“Borrowing elements from The Evil Dead (the book looks an awful lot like the Necronomicon from the Raimi film) and slapping them alongside an evil cartoon and some naked ladies is a very good idea on paper but this one takes a little too long to get going…” Rock! Shock! Pop!

“Apart from the girls, there are also a few cameos from the likes of David Carradine (who gets top billing despite a few minutes of screen time) and Dick Miller who pops up in another brief role in a low budget flick. Arte Johnson is quite funny as the sleazy neighbour who lusts after the girls.” Popcorn Pictures

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Cast and characters:
David Carradine … Gideon Fisk
Arte Johnson … Mr Hinchlow
Dick Miller … Burt
Monique Gabrielle … Megan
Suzanne Ager … Terry
Madison … Roxanne (as Madison Stone)
Barbara Dare … Jan (as Stacey Nix)
Don Dowe … Biff
Michelle Bauer … Mrs Burt
Robert Quarry … Demon (voice)
Fred Olen Ray … Spell Book / Cartoon Monster (voice)

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