Toys Are Not for Children (1972)

Man, I would have never survived the 1970’s. It was too full of sin and sleaze, too many drugs, too many cults. I’m reminded of this every single time I watch a piece of cinematic insanity from that most bonkers of all decades.

Arrow Video has gifted me with one more reminder of why this was the most dangerous and demented of all eras with Toys Are Not for Children.

What can you say about a movie that starts with a young woman playing under the covers — yes, the dirty side of playing — with a doll that her father sent her for her birthday being interrupted by her mother?

Jamie Goddard is that young girl, emotionally stunted by the loss of her father and unable to embrace her sexuality unless it’s within the world of prostitution and daddy/little girl play. She’s played by Marcia Forbes, a one and done actress who was probably chased away by just how insane this entire film is.

Fran Warren, who plays the role of the mother, was a major recording star in the 40’s and 50’s. Perhaps you know her song “A Sunday Kind of Love” or saw her in Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd. She pretty much abuses her daughter, who only finds joy in the toys from daddy and the ones she sells at a toy store. Then she gets married to Charlie and can’t consummate with him — the pull of daddy is too strong.

So she does what any of us would. She falls in with a lesbian prostitute and her pimp, starts making love to dirty old men and finally gets what she always wanted. The chance to be with — and yes, I mean with in the most perverted sense of the world — her father.

Director/writer Stanley H. Brassloff only would direct one other film, Two Girls for a Madman. After watching this, I need to chase down that movie, too.

Make no mistake, this is the kind of movie that is going to make you sick to your stomach. I kind of like that feeling. You may not. It would pair nicely with The Baby or Private Parts. If you’re the kind of adventurous film watcher that I am, you’re probably beyond excited to hunt this one down.

This new blu ray release also features new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, an appreciation of the movie by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower, a video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, the original theme song and trailer and reversible cover art of the original poster and artwork by The Twins of Evil.

You can get this from Arrow Video.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent this movie for review by Arrow Video. That has no impact on our thoughts.

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