Retromedia has released the 1992 comedy horror film Evil Toons in a special limited to 1,000 edition autographed Blu-ray by director Fred Olen Ray. This 25th Silver Anniversary Edition was a must add for my movie collection. Is it a necessary addition to yours? Read on to find out!
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a soft spot for writer/director Fred Olen Ray. Not only is Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers one of my favorite modern B movies, but just in general he makes really fun films. The entire Retromedia line is worth at least checking out. I especially like the audio commentaries and bonus features added to these Blu-ray releases.
Evil Toons was a blind buy for me. I noticed that not only was David Carradine starring in the picture but also Dick Miller plays a supporting role and he is one of the great character actors of our time. The title is a bit of a misnomer for those expecting it to be full of crazy evil cartoons. There is only one cartoon character and a majority of the time it possess a human. There is probably only a couple minutes of cartoon footage in the movie. However, I don’t think that fact hurts the film in any way. If you look at the film more as a comedy with frequent topless scenes, tons of one liners and a little bit of cheesy blood effects you will have a great time.
The movie starts out with Carradine as Gideon Fisk, clutching a book in a lightning storm. He is doing all he can to keep evil at bay, making personal sacrifices to ensure it. We flash forward to present day where the bulk of the film takes place. We focus our attention to a four woman cleaning crew who have been hired to clean an unsaleable house. Dick Miller as Burt is there to check out the cleaning crews “assets” and set them up with the rules, since they will be staying over night. The ladies get a special book delivery and find a sacrificial dagger. Will the night be full of blood or are their imaginations running away with them? You’ll just have to watch to find out!
Evil Toons has a fun assortment of horror cliches at it’s disposal and that makes for quite the entertaining ride. Monique Gabrielle, Suzanne Age, Madison Stone and Barbara Dare (credited as Stacey Nix) are the leads. There are fun cameos with Arte Johnson and Michelle Bauer too! The movie is full of self aware references, puns and plenty of tongue-in-cheek action. Plus a plethora of majestic moving mammaries are on display.
- New Director’s Commentary Track with Fred Olen Ray
- Original Wide Screen Trailer
- Making of Video
- Rotoscope Efx Test
- Animation Background Plates
- Editor’s Workprint
- Chuck Cirino’s Evil Toons Suite
- Blooper Reel
- Original Nite Owl Theatre Episode
Evil Toons Final Thoughts:
With the host of special features and new 2K HD transfer from the original negative this is the definitive home media version of Evil Toons available. The limited edition with director’s signature is a bonus for me too. I really enjoyed the jokes and presentation of the film. Fred Olen Ray makes really fun, entertaining films and I think anyone interested in B-movies should check it out. Amazon has it available for purchase.