Sick for Toys – USA, 2017 – overview and reviews

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[Total: 5   Average: 2.8/5]

‘What do you want for Christmas?’

Sick for Toys is a 2017 American horror feature film directed by actor David Del Rio (The Belko Experiment), making his feature directorial debut, from a screenplay 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, Jon Paul Burkhart and Justin Xavier.

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


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 [click links to read more]:

“Camille Montgomery is really good here and she absolutely shines as the star if 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 Snow 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

“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 it’s own accord.” Nightmarish Conjurings


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

Main cast:

  • Camille Montgomery – Cowboys & Zombies akaThe Dead and the Damned 
  • Jon Paul Burkhart – American Horror Story; Fright Flick; Spirit Camp
  • Justin Xavier
  • David Gunning
  • Melanie Thompson
  • Morgana Shaw
  • Katie Wallace
  • Paul T. Taylor – Hellraiser: Judgement
  • Levi Ashlyn
  • Jena Maharramov

Filming locations:

Nocona, Texas

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