The Toymaker aka Robert and the Toymaker – UK, 2017 – overview

 
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‘Terror comes in all sizes’

The Toymaker aka Robert and the Toymaker is a 2017 British horror feature film written and directed by Andrew Jones (Werewolves of the Third Reich; The Last House on Cemetery Lane; The Amityville Asylum; et al). The North Bank Entertainment production stars Lee Bane, Erick Hayden and Jo Weil.

The Toymaker is a sequel to Robert (2015) and The Curse of Robert (2016).

Plot:

Germany, 1941: A legendary occult book that holds the secret of bringing inanimate objects to life ends up in the hands of Toymaker Amos Blackwood (Lee Bane). As the Third Reich terrorise the locals while searching for the book, the Toymaker uses the power of the book and gives life to his collection of vintage dolls and handmade toys.

The SS raid the Toymaker’s shop, confiscating the book and arresting Amos. But the animated dolls and toys don’t take kindly to the loss of their master. So, begins a mission to rescue the Toymaker from the clutches of the SS and exact their brutal and bloody revenge…

In the UK, 4Digital Media and Sony Pictures released The Toymaker on DVD on 21 August, 2017.

Buy The Toymaker: Amazon.co.uk

Main cast:

  • Lee Bane – Werewolves of the Third ReichCabin 28The Curse of Robert the DollPoltergeist Activity; et al
  • Erick Hayden
  • Jo Weil
  • Nathan Head – Blaze of Gory; Discarnate; Theatre of Fear; et al
  • Sophie Willis
  • Bodo Friesecke
  • Claire Carreno
  • Rik Grayson
  • Harriet Rees
  • Ali Rodney
  • Francesco Tribuzio
  • Jonathan Willis
  • Robert Graham
  • Courtney Bartle

Filming locations:

Filming took place in November 2016 at Tredomen Cottage in Crickhowell, the Traditional Toys shop in Llantrisant, the Old Natwest Bank building in Bute Street Cardiff, Gwili Railway Station in Carmarthen and the Cardiff Masonic Hall.

Trivia:

The real-life Robert the Doll who was made in Germany by the Steiff toy company and later owned by Key West painter and author Eugene Otto. The doll is allegedly possessed by an evil spirit and was apparently the inspiration for Chucky, the doll featured in the Child’s Play film series.

Supposedly, Eugene was given the doll in 1906 by a Bahamian servant who was skilled in black magic and voodoo and was displeased with his family. The real-life Robert is currently located at the East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida.

Related:

Robert the Doll (2015)

The Curse of Robert the Doll (2016)

The Revenge of Robert the Doll (2018)

Robert Reborn (2018)

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2 Comments on “The Toymaker aka Robert and the Toymaker – UK, 2017 – overview”

  1. Well it inspired the making of Chucky, but also the Puppetmaster saga. Toys against the ferocious Nazis…now that’s twisty horror.

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