He's home... but he's not alone.Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker
is a 1991 horror film. Loosely connected to the previous film, this one gets more into the holiday spirit, featuring toys that kill
After the mysterious death of her husband, a woman, her son, and her former lover begin investigating the toys produced by an enigmatic toymaker named Joe Petto and his son Pino
. Mickey Rooney portrays Joe, despite being one of the most vocal haters of the original film; he probably needed the work
and plays a mean, scary drunk surprisingly well.
This film has the examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Joe Petto has a habit of smacking his son Pino around when he's drunk, and occasionally killing him and rebuilding him later.
- An Axe to Grind: Noah and Sarah use one to attack Pino.
- Continuity Nod: Kim from Initiation briefly appears and mentions having a bad experience the previous year.
- Death by Sex: Meredith and Buck (though the former survives the toy attack).
- Drop the Hammer: Pino tries to kill Noah with one.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: A car that's not even going very fast flips over and explodes spectacularly.
- Eye Scream: A larva toy crawls into a guy's mouth and bursts out of his eye while he's driving.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: Drunk Joe smashes his son Pino with a bottle.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Sarah cuts Pino in half with an axe. Being a robot, he still keeps coming.
- Infant Immortality: Lonnie puts on a pair of rigged roller skates which rocket him full speed into a car. At first it looks like he died, but it turns out he's just horribly mangled...
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Tom falls onto a fireplace poker (which goes through his face and out the back of his head) while being choked by the Santa toy.
- Just a Machine: Joe Petto beats Pino, claiming he could never love him like a real son. At the end of the movie, the barely-functioning Pino grabs Sarah's leg, and she starts frantically stomping his head into bits and pieces of machinery. She's stopped by her son Derek, who says "It's just a toy, mommy."
- Living Toys: Pino's creations.
- Market-Based Title: The Toy Maker had the "Silent Night, Deadly Night" part dropped from its name when it was released internationally.
- Meaningful Name: Joe Petto and Pino.
- My Little Panzer: The assortment of toys that is unleashed upon Buck and Meredith.
- Parking Garage: A suspenseful moment is had in the parking garage as Sarah walks in there and keeps hearing noises... but then she meets Noah, who is revealed be a good guy all along.
- Primal Scene: Used in the beginning.
- Robotic Reveal: Pino reveals he was created by Joe to replace his dead son.
- Shout-Out: The tagline references Home Alone, another Christmas-centric film released in the same year.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer spoils the Robotic Reveal.
- Unexplained Recovery: Clint Howard's Ricky obviously dies in Initiation, yet returns briefly as a mall Santa (though this could be an instance of Name's the Same).