The Toybox tells the story of an estranged family that is taking a road trip in a used RV in hopes that it will bring them closer together once more. What they don’t know is that the RV is haunted as fuck and the spirit inside it is a big fan of murdering folks. It’s not a recreational vehicle; it’s a murder scene on wheels. It is a deranged madman’s toy box and they’ve all become his newest playthings.
Talk about a horrifying concept for a movie. You go and get yourself a used RV thinking you’ll bring some togetherness back to your family and then whamo, the ghost of a serial killer is driving you off into the desert and killing the shit out of everybody. I’ve heard a couple of people say that it’s like Christine but with an RV but that’s not accurate, really. The Toybox is more like a haunted house movie on wheels.
There is a lot to like in this movie. Mischa Barton and Denise Richards get top billing but the entire cast is solid; even the child in the movie gives a good performance. The pacing is good, it opens with just enough exposition and a solid establishing kill and it doesn’t take long for the shit to hit the fan. Once things get moving the visuals are good and the kills are pretty inventive. Literally from beginning to end, The Toybox was incredibly enjoyable.
I love movies about haunted houses and this one adds something new to a familiar formula. I really dig the idea of a malevolent spirit being bound to something so mobile and mundane. I’ve seen a bunch of buildings that made me think, “yeah, that place is haunted as fuck,” but never have I stepped into a Winnebago and thought about anything paranormal. Usually when I see an old beat up RV I assume that it’s just a place where meth lives. Now I’m going to be worried about tweaking ghosts.
All in all, would I recommend this movie? Yeah I would! The Toybox is a fun ride all the way through. The acting is solid, it’s an interesting story, and the ending is just great. There’s a little something for everyone in The Toybox. You can check it out for yourself on Blu-ray, DVD, and several streaming providers.