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Evil comes in all sizes!
Toulon, a puppet maker, discovers an ancient Egyptian potion and uses it to bring his creations to life. His puppets become murderous little demons and escape. Distraught, the master takes his life. Years later, psychics tune into the existence of the monstrous marionettes and set off to stop them.
My husband talked me into re-watching the entire Puppet Master series and I'm almost surprised that this re-watch left me somewhat excited for the sequels, only because I really don't remember them at all. It's always fun to recall stuff you haven't seen since you were a kid (and this series actually used to scare me!).
Being a pretty big fan of Stuart Gordon's Dolls, I couldn't help but find this re-watch a bit disappointing in respect to the amount of screen time the puppets receive over the really drawn out middle chunk of the movie (focusing on dreams, psychic activity and sleuthing).
Whoever came up with the concept for the "Leech Woman" puppet is rather brilliant, that thing still…
I'm the master, and you're the puppet!
I've lost count how many times I've caught the last 30 or so minutes of this film on cable, but this is the first time I've ever seen it in it's entirety. Despite it's ridiculously low budget of a reportedly $400,000.00, the film still manages to be quite fun and more ambitious then most of it's bigger budgeted contemporaries of the time.
Don't get me wrong. Most of the acting, if not all, is horrendous. The sets are cheap. The direction is only so-so. The special effects are questionable in most instances. At it's core however, you still have some murderous puppets running around in all their glory. Some of them…
Viewed on DVD
A couple of months ago I found The Puppet Master Collection on DVD in a bargain bin.
9 movies for 10 bucks. Having never seen these films I took a chance.
I think might have over paid....
Film #27 of my Band-tastic Halloween Season
Much like The Toxic Avenger is for Troma, this is Full Moon's flagship franchise.
When Charlie Band saw that the end was near for Empire he got out and started up Full Moon and Puppet Master was the first of a long line of direct to video cheapos.
I expected to enjoy the movie and then trudge my way through the sequels but I ended up liking this movie a lot. Those little puppets are just so fucking cool. You've got Tunneler, Blade, Pinhead, Mrs. Leech, and the Jester. I had a really hard time picking a favorite while I was watching the movie because they're all pretty rad.
I've noticed the story…
I guess this is a rewatch because even if I remember nothing about it, I'm 100% sure I rented it as a kid. I watched this in two sittings, the first half hour I fell asleep about 10 times and then when I put it on in bed in order to fall asleep I didn't get sleepy at all. Once again, I'm 100% sure I watched this movie today, but I still can't remember a thing about it.
the blurb for this on the letterboxd page is wildly inaccurate isn't it? this is fine and only watchable for the puppets, i can't wait for the day i transcend this useless meat sack and become my true form (puppet barfing up leeches).
Ohh man, this was bad. Not enough puppet kills for me. The psychic bullshit was boring as hell.
Some really funny moments, but plot wasn't nearly as interesting as I'd have liked.
I think this is perceived as something of a horror classic, but aside from some fun stop-motion effects and nifty puppet POV shots, I didn't like it very much. It's got a pretty nonsensical plot, in which a bunch of people with psychic powers meet up when a colleague of theirs dies since they think he's discovered the secret of eternal life, which has something to do with Egyptian magic and granting life to some murderous puppets. But it turns out he's not really dead, or he came back to life, or something, and the puppets try to kill everyone for some reason, and there's some really weird stuff, like a sexy lady puppet that apparently kills a guy by barfing out leeches. I didn't really understand it. Sure, there were some fun moments, but it was fairly unsatisfying overall. Oh well.
Psychics find themselves plotted against by a former colleague, who committed suicide after discovering animated, murderous puppets.
Great start in this franchise. I do feel that 2 and 3 are the best of the series. You can tell in this first one that they are feeling there way through the story and how to present it. By the 2nd movie they get the chemistry going with the tone and character development of the puppets. A recommended watch for all horror cult fans.
Dull, poorly acted, poorly shot, and full of horror cliches. God, I got so sick of the p.o.v. shots from the puppets' perspectives. Once the killer puppets have been shown, it's time to lose the "mysterious" p.o.v. shots! It just seems lazy to keep using them. I did enjoy some of the details of the way the puppets looked and behaved, but they needed a lot more stop motion to bring them to life and a lot less peeking around corners with a hand up their backs.
This movie dances on the line between kinda taking itself seriously and knowing just how silly it is and I appreciated that a lot.
Also the opening scene where the puppet Blade is just running around in full view of people and nobody notices him is incredible.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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