A rich asshole named Papa Doc is hosting a mandatory winter holiday for his sycophantic employees and equally obnoxious
family. His wife is notoriously easy, his employee's wife is a lush, and his
daughter is pushing her husband to win a job with daddy. Meanwhile, a bus full
of kids, all convicted murderers from a mental hospital, crashes. They kill
the driver, and take off, arriving at the same Arrowhead resort where Papa
Doc's folks are partying. The adults, in a festive mood and
feeling sorry for the kids, let them in. Big mistake. The kids are cute,
precocious and lethal.
The best murder of the bunch was when the kids dumped piranhas into the
bath with Carolyn Steller. The fact that it was done by Steller's real-life
daughter (playing one of the little monsters) makes it all the more fun. In
the actual process of filming the scene, dead piranhas were dropped into the
tub, but still managed to cut her leg badly enough for her to be hospitalized!
The original idea was to capitalize on Ten Little Indians, and have people
dying one at a time, withholding the identity of the killers. After principal
shooting wrapped, a faction convinced the executive producer that it couldn't
be cut into a good movie, so it was drastically rewritten, and several days
worth of additional material were shot. It's difficult to imagine that the
original idea could have been that much worse. The film is filled with
annoyances. Let's start with the best death, Piranhas in the bath. Why didn't
she just stand up and step out of the tub and onto the kids? Then there is the
fact that the murders are shown in slow motion with annoying children's music
box music. Finally there is the fact that the most likable character in the
entire film is a dimwit, and the first killed.
The film is also known as People Toys, The Horrible House on the Hill, and
Tantrums. Based on the number of IMDb votes, it may be the only film which has
had more names than viewers.
The new DVD does includes interviews with many of the cast and crew, but all
in all the world is not enriched by the DVD release of this film..