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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…
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).
I am not a cynic, Frank! I like to think of myself as a nasty bitch.
I think Dana is easily the best character in Puppet Master. But saying a character is "the best character" in Puppet Master is like saying which kind of severe and irritating venereal disease you'd rather contract for 90 minutes.
But perhaps that's a tad dramatic. After all, this guy was one of my favorite horror characters as a kid, and the Puppet Master series has always been one of my guiltiest of pleasures. There was always a strange quirky charm to the films and its killer little stars. Blade, Pinhead (lol), Tunneler, the Jester and Mrs Leech all have distinct little trinkety personalities and…
Puppet Master is one of my favorite horror franchises of all time. It has one of the most underrated theme songs in the genre's history and is the only series that'll keep me coming back to Full Moon Entertainment at this point. I miss seeing these come out more often, as its heyday has since come and gone. Many people will claim this first entry to be the best. Regardless of the public's consensus on that opinion, I'll at least say that it's not my personal favorite. It is however, a great way to kick off a strange franchise in a coherent fashion.
Beginning with puppet master Andre Toulon in the 1940's, on the run from…
classic Charles band full moon sweet goodness
A little slow to get going but an interesting story and cool puppets. The whole film exudes a weird atmosphere that I've always enjoyed Could have used some more screen time with the puppets but there are like soon to be 10 sequels so I guess that is forgivable.
Hoop-Tober 3.0 criteria:
Franchise - Puppet Master
Country - USA
Decade - 1980s
Things I needed from this movie:
- more puppets
- more William Hickey
- more jump scares like Alex's getting out of bed
- more of those dope foley effects (kicks to the face don't sound like that, but it sure sounded awesome)
- more kills like the last one
- a reason to continue with the franchise
Things I didn't need from this movie:
- less of the above
- all the psychic goofiness
- dude was maybe the schlubbiest horror movie "hero"
- Barbara Crampton!
I love these puppets and this is their first movie. I love the theme song also.
Puppet Master has a good script and gives more attention to the unfolding of the story than the death scenes with the honorable exception of the spectacular Neil death.
Barbara Cramptom makes a cameo as a gypsy.
A series that I have been wanting to get though for some time but as expected this is a pretty average movie. The acting is very sub standard and most of the actors look like they're on something. Special effects wise is not the best but again this is an old movie so I knew not to expect a lot. The different various puppets featured is interesting but perhaps they could of been shown more. I would hope the series might get increasingly better but we shall see.
If the title of the film is Puppet Master then why do we see so little of the puppets? The majority of this film just follows some equally unlikable psychics around a hotel whilst they experience visions and expose us to bloated dream sequences. When the puppets do finally take center stage the stop motion animation is pretty well done and the eerie designs lend each puppet it's own unique personality. My favourite is the little guy with a knife for a hand but the leach lady is pretty cool too. It's the human characters that really lets this film down. The acting is pretty poor but lets face it, we're just here to see the puppets albeit briefly.
I have a soft spot for this film. This is one of the only ones in the series where there's quality stop motion, the puppets have the best designs here, and it has the most serious atmosphere. Anyway, I can watch this one over and over again for some reason. I dunno why. I love Blade. The theme music is also great.
I love these movies. I'm not a Full Moon fan exactly but Puppet Master is a series that I continue to love. They're very flawed, I know this. I'm 36 and have been watching these movies continously through my life. They are not eventful or exciting. I just love the concept. Killer toys "puppets" have always been a draw for me. I always wanted my voltron, transformers, thundercats etc to be alive. Its imagination and I love that. I appreciate what did go into these. Im sure many hate these movies but they make me smile. Im a pretty nostalgic person. What can I say? Haha
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