By now it's clear that producer Brian Yuzna is treating the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT franchise the way John Carpenter tried to orient the HALLOWEEN series, making each film an unrelated story, all of them tying in to a particular holiday. After abandoning the killer-Santa motif in part
4, Yuzna and his crew center SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5 on killer toys.
After young Derek Quinn (William Thorne) sees his father (Van Quattro) killed by a lethal plaything, he's traumatized to the point of muteness, rendering him unable to tell anyone what has happened. Blame for planting the deadly toy seems to extend to local toymaker Joe Petto (Mickey Rooney),