The Devil’s Gift (1984)

USA, 1984
35mm film, colour
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror film directed by Kenneth J. Berton.

Plot Summary

An evil demon lives inside a toy monkey and comes out to possess an unassuming housewife.


Directed by: Kenneth J. Berton
© Zenith International Pictures Corp. MCMLXXXIV [1984]
A Zenith International picture. A Windridge production of a Kenneth J. Berton film. Produced in association with Associates Entertainment International
Executive Producer: Sidney L. Kaplan [real name: Sidney L. Capla]
Produced by: Kenneth J. Berton, Jose Vergelin
Associate Producer: John Graziano
Screenplay by: Hayden O’Hara, Jose Vergelin and Kenneth J. Berton
Story by: Kenneth J. Berton, Jose Vergelin
Directors of Photography Alphabetically: Karil Daniels, Caris Palm [opening credits]
Cinematography: Karil Daniels [end credits]
Additional Cinematography: Caris Palm, Kathy Beeler, Steve Shriver, Jose Vergelin
Edited by: Kenneth J. Berton, Jose Vergelin
Music by: Todd Hayen
Location Sound Mixer: Ricardo Echevarria
Special Makeup Effects: Bruce Parry
Special Visual Effects by: Ed LaFrance, Adam Moes
Special Effects Supervisor: Ed LaFrance
Set Design: Elaine Christian

Bob Mendlesohn (David [Andrews])
Vicki Saputo (Susan)
Struan Robertson (Michael [Andrews])
Bruce Parry (Pete)
Madelon Phillips (Adrianne)
J. Renee Gilbert (Gramma)
Marlene Ryan (Marge)
Stuart White (manager)
Caris Palm (girl in store)
Barry Chandler (guy in car)
Olwen Morgan as Elmira Johnson
Angeles Olazabal (girl on bike)

Alternative Titles

Paholaisen lahja – Finland

Extracts included in
Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996)



  • American Cinematographer vol.65 no.8 (August 1984) pp.70-72, 75-76, 78 – illustrated production notes (The Devil’s Gift by Bob Fisher)
  • The Dark Side August 1995 p.16 – review
  • Video Business vol.4 no.46 (21 January 1985) p.27 – review


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.131