Sometimes a film comes along that is uncomfortable in its challenges to the audience. It might be troubling or thought provoking but these ideas can help discuss major issues. Issues that society might find it impossible to talk about or get past the exterior. I can think of films like SALO, DELIVERANCE or say PEEPING TOM. TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN for me, stands in this group. Its tale of self destructive incestous desire, is highly charged and magnetically handled.
Jamie Godard is a shy and emotionally naive, young woman whose has some very unsettling father issues. He has left the family home and she still spends nights calling out his name. Now married, her husband is eager for her and him to consummate their marriage. She has other ideas. She just can’t see past disappeared daddy. She meets Pearl, a prostitiute and this leads her into the murky world of sex and desire. As she grows in confidence, so do her disturbing erotic fantasies….
Stanley H. Brasloff’s film is a rare piece of the sublime and the potent. As the write up from Arrow themselves suggest, it is a ‘Grim, quirky and strangely affecting film’. I would add it is a powerful film about sexual identity and the corruption of it by unhealthy relationships. Brasloff uses the nativity of his lead character well. Defining her as a sexual charged and malicious being. However this has all a root cause and this is obvious but as the film progresses, it becomes unhinged. The feature by Stephen Thrower, delves into the horror of this in pertinent and passionate detail. The horror is very much in ours, as well as her mind. Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain commentary is also fascinating. Driving the conclusion home and is something I would recommend listening too, once will on first watch and then one after.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- 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