Whenever I make these list, I always try to include at least one older movie because not only are those still fun movies, but it’s a fun reminder that everything has been around forever in horror. The 80s are kind of king when it comes to evil toy movies, but Dead of Night from 1945 did it long before that.
Dead of Night is structured a little like an anthology with a framing device. A man goes to a country home and realizes he has had dreams about all of the other guests. He and the guests share stories about strange experiences like his dreams, and the stories are presented like shorts. One of which is about a ventriloquist who believes his dummy is alive and trying to drive him insane. It’s an interesting movie, particularly because of how you can see many of the classic b-horror cliches that are associated with newer movies being used.