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Psychological trauma and aberrant sexuality abound in this twisted 1972 tale of a young woman whose severe daddy issues send her on an unforgettably bleak downward spiral.

Yearning for the love of her absentee father, Jamie inhabits an infantilised world surrounded by toys, including those which her wayward pops bizarrely continues to send her. Unable to consummate her new marriage with dashing colleague Charlie, Jamie’s chance encounter with aging sex worker Pearl leads her into the murky world of prostitution where her most disturbing erotic fantasies begin to play out.

Grim, quirky and strangely affecting in equal measure, Stanley H. Brasloff’s Toys Are Not for Children is a truly one-of-a-kind effort from the heyday of the American exploitation independents, which builds to a haunting and devastating climax that lingers long after the credits roll.

Special Features

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  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain
  • Newly-filmed appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
  • ‘Dirty’ Dolls: Femininity, Perversion and Play - a brand new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Original theme song “Lonely Am I”, newly transferred from the original 45-RPM vinyl single
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanity Celis

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
85 minutes
Certificate:
TBC
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Stanley H. Brasloff
Actor:
Marcia Forbes

Harlan Cary Poe

Evelyn Kingsley
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1972
Region:
B

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

Psychological trauma and aberrant sexuality abound in this twisted 1972 tale of a young woman whose severe daddy issues send her on an unforgettably bleak downward spiral.

Yearning for the love of her absentee father, Jamie inhabits an infantilised world surrounded by toys, including those which her wayward pops bizarrely continues to send her. Unable to consummate her new marriage with dashing colleague Charlie, Jamie’s chance encounter with aging sex worker Pearl leads her into the murky world of prostitution where her most disturbing erotic fantasies begin to play out.

Grim, quirky and strangely affecting in equal measure, Stanley H. Brasloff’s Toys Are Not for Children is a truly one-of-a-kind effort from the heyday of the American exploitation independents, which builds to a haunting and devastating climax that lingers long after the credits roll.

Special Features

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  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain
  • Newly-filmed appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower
  • ‘Dirty’ Dolls: Femininity, Perversion and Play - a brand new video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Original theme song “Lonely Am I”, newly transferred from the original 45-RPM vinyl single
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanity Celis

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
85 minutes
Certificate:
TBC
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Stanley H. Brasloff
Actor:
Marcia Forbes

Harlan Cary Poe

Evelyn Kingsley
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1972
Region:
B

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This adult film is not for childish minds!’

Infrequently lauded, forward-reaching, boundary-blasting grindhouse impresario Stanley H. ‘Two Girls ’ Brasloff reaches his onanistic apogee in his sexually squirrelly, infamous sadistically anti-Sirkian incestuously fatuous, perfectly perverted, preternaturally potty, ribald pot-boiler 'Toys are not for Children’ (1972) is arguably one of the most sinisterly outrageous soap operas ever conceived to bodaciously boggle previously thought as ‘un-boggle-able’ minds! Taking a distinctly degenerated, salaciously-skewed John Waters approach to sweaty-palmed family values, Brasloff luridly paints an especially grimy portrait of the sin suppurating Godard family, whereby we enjoy an especially flavoursome titillating titbit of lusciously ripe young Jamie Godard (Marcia Forbes) squirming sweetly upon the bed forcefully appropriating her childhood plush toy for distinctly fervid tasks, perhaps, entirely extra to its original design! With gloriously scummy, sit-com aplomb, the marvellously malevolent mommy Godard (Fran Warren) wafts angrily into the bedroom not best pleased by the blatantly orgiastic sight daughter James throaty exhortations of her absentee father! And from this heady ‘opening’ we joyfully descend into the transgressive manifestly strange milieu of gamine, infantilized Jamie’s troubled, rigorously unconsummated marriage to peachy-keen, handsomely lean Toy Shop co-worker Charlie (Harlan Cary Poe) and her singularly insalubrious, somewhat misguided quest to locate her long errant, highly suspect, serially whoremongering father via the entertainingly bizarre, circuitously disturbing route of ersatz mother/guardian/whore Pearl (Evelyn Kingsley) and enduring some especially queasy undertakings of her truly venal pimp Eddie (Luis Arroyo). The myriad technical aspects to the film are quite exemplary, of a much higher standard than the outré subject matter might suggest, especially notable is the robust quality of acting, which surprisingly gives this exceptionally dark and fetishistic tale of starkly forbidden familial love some remarkably heartfelt pathos, usually absent from similarly illicit 42nd Street fare. Frequently mentioned, and deservedly so, the blissful opening theme ‘Lonely Am I’ is an ear-wormingly delightful ditty and prettily belies the occasionally sordid details of child abuse and its inevitably deleterious effects upon the wholly corrupted lives of those involved.

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