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The Devil's Gift (1984)

| Thriller, Horror | 1985 (USA)
An evil demon that inhabits a monkey doll takes over the mind of a suburban housewife to carry out its plans.

Director:

Kenneth J. Berton

Writers:

Kenneth J. Berton (story), José Vergelin (story) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Bob Mendelsohn Bob Mendelsohn ... David Andrews (as Bob Mendlesohn)
Vicki Saputo Vicki Saputo ... Susan
Struan Robertson Struan Robertson ... Michael Andrews
Bruce Parry Bruce Parry ... Pete
Madelon Phillips Madelon Phillips ... Adrianne
J. Renee Gilbert J. Renee Gilbert ... Grandma
Marlene Ryan Marlene Ryan ... Marge
Stuart White ... Manager
Caris Palm Caris Palm ... Girl in Store
Barry Chandler Barry Chandler ... Guy in Car
Olwen Morgan Olwen Morgan ... Elmira Johnson
Ángeles Olazábal Ángeles Olazábal ... Girl on Bike
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Bletcher ... Pincushion Man (voice) (archive sound)
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An evil demon that inhabits a monkey doll takes over the mind of a suburban housewife to carry out its plans.

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Satan's only gift is DEATH... See more »

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Thriller | Horror

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Trivia

The director's grandmother served as a freelance caterer during production. See more »

Goofs

When David gets out of the crevasse, the sky is gray and cloudy with rain, lightning, and thunder. When the tree falls toward David, the sky behind is crystal blue. See more »

Quotes

Michael Andrews: It's Martian time!
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Michael Andrews: Rock n' roll Martian! Rock n' roll Martian!
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Fire Doesn't Burn
Music & Lyrics by Paul Friedman, Ashley Hall
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Competent and Enjoyable
27 May 2015 | by paul-day-cloneSee all my reviews

Why the hate? This is a perfectly fine horror 80's movie. It's cheesy with bland performances like every other mid-range 80's horror movie. AND it's got a creepy, cymbal playing monkey! What's creepier than that!? One review mention there was no swearing. So? It's about a family with a young boy. Are they really supposed to curse around him? As to a "Christian" bent, the guy wears a pentagon medallion which protects him, not a cross.

There are some tense moments which only come with good camera placement and editing. The final assault scene worked well and even though you could script it in your sleep, like a joke you love to hear, I gasped happily despite knowing the punchline.

This is *slightly* better than average.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regalo del diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Mono

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