[REVIEW] ‘The Toybox’ Is A Fun, Creepy & Entertaining Ride!

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The Toybox follows Jennifer (Richards) and her family on a summer road trip in a used RV with her husband’s estranged father and brother. Along the way, they find Samantha (Barton) and her brother, broken down on the side of the highway. After driving into the middle of nowhere, the RV takes on a mind of its own, crashing and stranding them in the scorching and isolated desert. Little by little, the unsuspecting group of travelers is blindsided by the terrible secrets within the walls of the RV and find themselves fighting to survive.

The ToyBox stars Denise Richards, Mischa Barton, Matt Mercer (Beyond the Gates, The Mind’s Eye), Jeff Denton (“NCIS”, “Criminal Minds”), Brian Nagel (Katy Perry’s Roar), Greg Violand (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice) , Malika Michelle, David H. Greathouse, and Katie Keene. The ToyBox is directed by Tom Nagel from a screenplay written by Jeff Denton. Jeff Miller (Inoperable, Ouija House) and the Nagel Brothers contributed to the story. The Nagel brothers produced along with Miller (through Millman Productions) and Denton. Jim Jacobsen, Eric Brenner, and Ronnie D. Lee are executive producers

I truthfully enjoyed The Toybox and I thought the film was decent enough for my liking, decent enough to watch again, for sure. The story focusing on a family that is attempting to reconnect with each other, stuck in an old hot RV and the dialogue between the characters added to this tragic story. The RV was just downright creepy as hell and I am really going to think twice about stepping foot in or even near an old RV!

Next up, the death scenes. Yes, some elaborate death scenes did come from this film, no spoilers! You’re gonna have to take my word for it and watch this one. I will say, the deaths were pretty damn gruesome and the filmmakers didn’t hold back on who the victims were, so that is always a PLUS, all bets were off immediately. However, a contributing factor to almost all the deaths was the cause of some pretty awful decision-making skills from the characters. Outside of the awful decision-making were stellar performances by both Denise Richards and Mischa Barton, I hope that both these actresses continue their work within the horror genre.

The Toybox is releasing just in time for the Halloween season and I am sure will be a hit and one that fans will revisit every year. If you like films revolving around hauntings and lots of gore, The Toybox will need to be at the top of your Halloween watch list.

The ToyBox opened in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 on September 14th for a week run.  On September 18th, the film was made available nationwide on Blu-ray, DVD and Cable and Digital HD, including Amazon Instant, iTunes, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, Comcast, Optimum, Dish, Google Play and more.


Ryan T. Cusick has been a diehard horror fan ever since he watched the original 'The Amityville Horror' at the tender age of three. Ryan travels to horror cons, enjoys open conversations about horror, and attends many Hollywood premieres with filmmakers: Follow him on Twitter at @Nytmare112