SICK FOR TOYS (2018) Reviews and overview

 

‘What do you want for Christmas?’

Sick for Toys is a 2018 American horror film directed by David Del Rio (Road Head; actor in The Belko Experiment), making his feature directorial debut, from a screenplay written by James Andrew Oster (aka JimmyO, producer of The Harvesters; actor in Zombie Beer Run) and producer Justin Xavier.

The Delco-Cut-Nine Ten Films production stars Camille Montgomery (Cowboys & Zombies akaThe Dead and the Damned ), Jon Paul Burkhart (American Horror Story; Fright Flick; Spirit Camp) and Justin Xavier.

David L. Small composed the film’s soundtrack synth score.

Plot:

Roy is the nice guy who finishes last. Sick of his current situation, he accepts an invitation to have Christmas dinner with the beautiful and strangely alluring Emilia. Once at dinner, Roy realizes that Emilia and her oddball brother Edward are not what they seem…

“ …The DP did fantastic work. I appreciated the restraint the director demonstrated. So many times, movies like this can go off the wall stylistically, but there was something very confident about the filmmaking and the performances that I liked. Good tension.” Jason Blum

Reviews:

“Camille Montgomery is really good here and she absolutely shines as the star of this. She plays that dangerous naivety with such aplomb it makes the whole film. David Gunning was a real downside to this film and he hurt my overall enjoyment of the film.” Film Snob Reviews

” …while the film has a darker tone overall, the first half has small comedic moments perfectly woven in. It does a great job ditching the humor and going all in about halfway through […] Sick for Toys is a fantastic Christmas horror film, psychological thriller, and fresh take on the “family is everything” storyline like we’ve seen in films such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” Horror Geek Life

Sick for Toys is a crazy weird holiday horror flick that’s rich in story and high in suspense. It’s slow but ominous, and captivating all in the right places. Well made and fantastically acted, this turned out to be an early Christmas present for sure. I can’t find any criticisms with this movie at all because it’s fully actualized, cohesive, and produced with expert precision.” Horror Society

“At its core, Sick for Toys is a tale of damaged people and the ways they cope with the horrors of their childhood taken to the extreme. It’s exceptionally creepy, sexual, vaguely inc*stuous, and heartbreaking. It doesn’t flinch at all..” Horror Talk

“Here the twist isn’t meant to be a massive gasping moment. Instead, the ending played into the overall assumption of the characters’ motivations within the film. It leaves you asking some questions about what their roles really were. I liked it for that.” Mother of Movies

“The film reveals Emilie and Edward as depraved kidnappers immediately in the first scene without leaving us to wonder about the dynamic between the two.  Every time I thought the film may surprise me, every time it set itself up for good twist, surprise or reveal, it fell flat on its own accord.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“A lot of this film relies on dialogue, and this script nears perfection […] I loved how mental disease, hallucinations, and flashbacks are illustrated. Cinematographically speaking, director David Del Rio managed to capture lightning in a bottle and gave us backstories effortlessly.” Tales of Terror

Release:

Freestyle Digital Media released Sick for Toys on digital and VOD on September 4, 2018.

Cast and characters:

Camille Montgomery … Emilia
Jon Paul Burkhart … Edward
Justin Xavier … Jason
David Gunning … Roy
Melanie Thompson … Kate
Morgana Shaw … Detective Peele
Katherine Del Rio … Samantha (as Katie Wallace)
Paul T. Taylor … Uncle
Levi Ashlyn … Pharmacist
Jena Maharramov … Waitress
Calum Sharman … Young Edward
Crew Wyard … Hot Guy

Filming locations:

Nocona, Texas

Related:

Road Head

Trailer: