These EVIL Dollies Want to Kill You With Cuddles! “Baby Oopsie 2: Murder Dolls” and “Baby Oopsie 3: Burn Baby Burn” reviewed! (Full Moon Features / Blu-ray)

When we last left Sybil Pittman, her best friend Ray-Ray turned out to be possessed by a demon hellbent on making demonic, killer dolls like murderous Baby Oopsie.  Having her oppressive enemies terminated at the tiny porcelain hands of Baby Oopsie, a kindhearted and meek Sybil falls into an emotionally unstable pit and joins Ray-Ray on claiming souls, luring and hunting down unsuspecting strangers, neighbors, and friends into a fatal trap in which Baby Oopsie violently slays them down, but Sybil’s conscious nags at her as the bodies of those she likes begin to pile up and the ghost of her chain-smoking, foul mouthed stepmother implores her to stop the chaos before the release of the evil Toy Master that’ll seeks to end all human kind with an evil toy army.  With the help of a local priest, not only does Sybil have to battle against a possessed Ray-Ray, the demonic dolls Baby Oopsie and friends, and save the world from the Toy Master, she must also face corporate cyborgs looking to Chinese mass market her crafted creations and a detective pinning her as a suspect in a string of missing persons. 

Hey, Honey!  The exciting conclusion to the spinoff “Baby Oopsie” trilogy is here but like all good demonic toys, or any iconic villain in general, evil can never ever die!  “Baby Oopsie” left us on a cliffhanger with Sybil Pittman, an underground social media influence with modest followers of her niche doll obsession, caught between playing mother and wife to Satanic worshipping baby dolls and a possessed best friend, who secretly supplied the easily gullible weblogger with the precious, one-of-a-kind Baby Oopsie doll in need of rehabilitation and a diabolical gear mechanism that spurs the doll to life in a fit of bloodthirst and a potty mouthed lexicon.  William Butler, who has directed of many previous Full Moon Features, including “Demonic Toys:  Personal Demons” and a pair of “Bunker of Blood” installments featuring little creepy killers, knows a thing or two about what the doll enthusiast Charles Band looks for and pens and helms all three “Baby Oopsie” films in back-to-back-to-back fashion with “Baby Oopsie 2:  Murder Dolls” and “Baby Oopsie 3:  Burn Baby Burn” following in tow and split into two parts as both films run under 60 minutes.  Charles Band returns as producer of the Full Moon Features film and, just like the first installment, remains at the Band-purchased Cleveland Heights house location.

Minus a few select killed off characters, ‘Baby Oopsie” parts 2 and 3 mark the return of numerous original film characters, including principal leads and off-camera best buds comedian Libbie Higgins as the easily docile loner Sybil Pittman, complete with square frames, a bob haircut, and bad cat themed shirts, and socialmedialite Justin Armistead as Hey, Honey Ray-Ray Dupree.  Before the sequels, Ray-Ray was seemingly around to support Sybil during the reconstructed Baby Oopsie rampage that beleaguers into too much, too late territory for the doll Youtuber, but the role for Armistead expands and grows into something far more sinister as the mastermind behind the grand scheme.  Armistead remains still very blank during routine converse but as a possessed soul, the social media personality reaches deep inside to pull out the demon within and taking his performance to the next step that coincides nicely with Higgin’s well-defined style of character acting the comedian translates from her web skits to movie parts.  Another returning cast member is Lynne Acton McPherson who was brutally de-nosed and dispatched in character by the titular tiny terror, but returns as a phantasmagorical, purgatorial spirit now aiding Sybil in the right direction, a complete about face from the character’s previous unabashed ugliness in being a version of the wicked stepmother.  While I can affirm Mitzi, McPherson’s wicked stepmother, is better in doses this time around, McPherson still manages to rouse a meanspirited and snarky broad we can all hate-to-love.  The sequels also come with exclusive new characters to toss into the mayhem of Toy Master magnitude aka more bodies for the fire, including LeJon Woods (“Movie Theater Massacre”) as the skeptical priest, Joe Kurak as the snooping detective, and Madison Pullins as the Barbie-esque pitch woman with a dark, cold side.  Tim Dorsey. Pakob Jarernpone (“Werewolves from Outer Space”), Shamecka Nelson, Oscar Mansky, Elissa Dowling, and Michael Carrino costar.

Baby Oopsie Daisy has been a fan favorite ever since the release of “Demonic Toys” (which is now 30 years old!) penned by the “Blade II” and “Man of Steel” writer David S. Goyer and helmed by the Full Moon fixture director Peter Manoogian, but even though Baby Oopsie’s smart aleck mouth and blood thirst has relatively remained constant throughout the different variations of the dastardly doll, the new Charlie Band produced and William Butler directed trilogy musters up a hyperdrive of new Baby Oopsie-isms.  Since the focus is obviously on the titular anthropomorphic doll, the attention is evidently prominent in much of the first film but for the sequels, Baby Oopsie begins to slack behind toward being a background character, more so in the part three than in part two but the story in both sequels relinquishes Baby Oopsie’s malevolent power for more bigger, badder malevolent powers to come.  With the introduction of two more dolls, a Cowbaby and a Clown, plus the Ray-Ray’s resurgence of the demon within and becoming the key master to the harbinger of killer toy death and destruction, Baby Oopsie no longer has an arc; in fact, Baby Oopsie ceases to be an impact overall with CowBaby and Clown taking on the killing heavy lifting with real toy guns and a giant mallet, which the kills themselves overall wander into bland territory full of run-of-the-mills and clichés concepts.  All of this waning from the lead character and the creative kills begs the question also why Full Moon decided to release the sequels individually?  “Murder Dolls” runtime is 56 minutes, and “Burn Baby Burn” is even shorter at 47 minutes that totals the runtime between the two films at 103 minutes, a doable and appropriate feature film length to finish out a tailored Baby Oopsie’s swan song of carnage.  However, the split feels completely unnecessary and skeptically rapacious for Baby Oopsie fans just to tune in to see how it all ends. 

“Baby Oopsie 2:  Murder Dolls” and “Baby Oopsie 3:  Burn Baby Burn” arrive on Blu-ray home video from Full Moon features with an AVC encoded BD25, presented in high definition 1080p and widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio.  Generally, the picture quality is renders sharply on both releases and even looks better than other modern Full Moon titles due to chiefly a couple of factors, such a shorter runtime equals less storage stretching and not a ton of stylish scenes for a film that bathes in a more natural lighting.  The mechanical doll workings take the company away from stop motion and moves them into marionette mechanics, something that they’ve toyed with over the years, without losing any detail to the tangible textures of the doll(s).  Only when the visual effects come into play is when there’s an obvious sheen and unnatural quality to the image then presents itself more of a shoddy, low-budget production, which, let’s face it, Full Moon can do whatever they want with the previous success the company has had with multiple franchises and cult hit films.  There are two audio options on both releases that are available to select from, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 and a Dolby Digital 2.0.  Again, both releases offer identical results with the surround sound mix offers a more robust combustible, meaning that the added tracks of explosions and other ruckus noises full other the channel outputs at a greater, more discernible decibel.  Dialogue, free of all kinds of audio distortion, which there is none, comes over equal parts on both tracks but does slightly succumb to an unequal balance with the cheesy tromping generic score by Static Music’s Rick “dickiebones” Butler and Fred Rapoport that fits in tune with Full Moon’s lullaby clash array of soundtracks.  The special features have also dialed back from the first film with both releases offering only a revisiting of cliff notes from the afore film as well as a collection of Full Moon trailers. Housed in a traditional Blu-ray snapper case, the physical attributes for both releases are practically identical with all three of the dolls positioned with the same facial expressions and a looming Toy Master overhead on the front cover. The arrangement differs but the base layout follows much of Full Moon’s cache of releases. The back covers follow suit with each other, capturing idiosyncratic stills of the respective sequel. There are no inserts inside and the disc art are prints of half of the Toy Master’s face, a painted clown with maniacal, glowing eyes. Both region free releases come not rated. Libbie Higgins’s steady fantastic, odd bird performance and Justin Armistead’s fairish demon rage can’t save “Baby Oopsie” from coming off the rails with a slapdash and unglued finale, hurling Full Moon’s demon doll reputation back into the toy chest, and leaving us questioning the dubious split of the muffed-up mediocrity into an unnecessary two-part spinoff.

“Baby Oopsie 3:  Burn Baby Burn” now on Blu-ray Home Entertainment!  

“Baby Oopsie 2:  Murder Dolls” Now Available on Blu-ray Home Entertainment!

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