SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5: THE TOY MAKER
1991, Lionsgate, 90 min, USA, Dir: Martin Kitrosser

An elderly toy maker, surreally played by Mickey Rooney, is creating Christmas presents with sinister surprises. Completely breaking away from the storylines of the previous installments, THE TOYMAKER takes the HALLOWEEN III approach to the franchise, offering something truly dark, subversive and unique.


THE COMIC
1969, Sony Repertory, 94 min, USA, Dir: Carl Reiner

Dick Van Dyke plays an aging silent film clown who has seen better days but whose ego prohibits him from accepting the truth about his life and career. An impeccable fidelity to the art of silent movies (seen in films-within-the-film), combined with a rich, dark performance by Van Dyke, make this one of Reiner's most affecting and original efforts. With Mickey Rooney.


ERIK THE VIKING
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, UK, Dir: Terry Jones

Told by village wise woman Freya (Eartha Kitt) that Fenrir the wolf has swallowed the sun and plunged the world into the dark age of Ragnarok, Erik (Tim Robbins) gathers warriors from his village to petition the gods to end the darkness. This film has been described as a “Python-esque satire of Viking life,” and also stars Mickey Rooney as Erik’s grandfather. As a favor to his friend and director Jones, John Cleese agreed to replace Jack Lemmon as Hafdan the Black on short notice. “Be there…or beheaded!”


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