The Puppet Master 5 (1994)
Director: Jeff Burr
Main Stars: Gordon Currie, Chandra West, Ian Ogilvy, Teresa Hill, Guy Rolfe
Storyline: An evil demon creates his own puppet to become the new puppet master
Review (Spoils): 24 hours after the last film we have the demon transform him back to the planet to become the new puppet master. The young man Rick Myers (Gordon Currie ) plans to become the new puppet master also along with his girlfriend (Chandra West )as they battle the demon known as Sutek. This film plays like a long dream sequence as it explains the final battle of the demon lord and the geeky lead. We have some of the classic puppets return and the new puppet called Decapitron that holds the spirit of Toulon (Guy Rolfe).
Seen and planned as the final film of the series (as we know it is not) this one if a bit all over the place and the flashbacks take way from the film. Plus how much running and falling and coming to their death from a puppet slaughter can we see before it becomes boring. Both the acting of Gordon Currie and Chandra West was actually good even though the story did struggle. A few classic scenes but one of the main ones is the battle between Six Shooter and Totem and the scenes in the blood filled tub.
Rating: Another one for this series as it started fresh but after a few films it does start to drag a bit. We have the puppet protecting the new master Rick as the battle the giver of life demon lord. That pretty much sums up this entry.
The Puppet Master 4 (1993)
Director: Jeff Burr
Main Stars: Gordon Currie, Chandra West, Ash Adams, Teresa Hill, Guy Rolfe, Stacie Randall
Storyline: A young scientist is being hunted down by strange gremlins and does not know why they want to impact his research.
Review (Spoils): The story is a little different this time around for this series. We have a young scientist named Rick Myers (Gordon Currie) who is working on experiments to create artificial intelligence. These small like demon gremlins called Totems are trying to kill him and disrupt his creation. Through the story we learn that Myer’s has the original puppets stored in his lab area (he did not know of this). The Totems are minions from the great demon lord named Sutek which his people stole the secret from Toulon. So this becomes the Toulon puppets vs the Totems of Sutek. During this we see the creation of a new puppet named Decapitron and now the puppets are the good guys.
The storyline for this one is totally different than the four before it. We have creepy looking gremlins battling the classic puppets and young man and woman stuck in the middle. A couple issues with the film is the Sutek demon is so fake that it’s not scary at all and actually rubber. We do lack gore in this one and the acting is not much better than the last few before.
Rating: The story is ok, the puppets are likeable and the series is not dead yet. It was a nice change from the war background scene but not sure if this was the direction the film needed to go. If you don’t’ mind puppets vs puppets then check this one out plus we have the hot Chandra West.
Blood Dolls (1999)
Director: Charles Band
Main Stars: Jack Maturin, Debra Mayer, William Paul Burns, Jodie Fisher, Persia White, Venesa Talor
Storyline: A wealthy deformed madman lives out his revenge and fantasies with the help of little servants.
Review (Spoils): Virgil Travis (Jack Maturin) is a mutated psycho who has too much money and time on his hands. His childhood was messed up and he himself has been tormented. He has taken his view of life as pain so he has kidnapped a female rock band and tortures them for fun and starts the killing the game out of boredom. In this tiresome life of his he created a trio of dolls that will kill for him and payback anyone who has wronged him.
Picture a film of twisted romance of love, brutal pain and a low budget. I was expecting something along the lines of The Puppet Master series but this film is not the case. The film sticks to the character build of the massive head Virgil and his path to find true love and be accepted. We have some blood, a dwarf, some goth chicks in a cage jamming and little dolls that like to murder.
Rating: Not as good as The Puppet Master series but different but unfortunately its falls a little flat because it is just is not unique enough for me. But for a night of nothing to do and you want to see something you have seen yet this is not horrible.
Chopping Mall (1986)
Director: Jim Wynorski
Main Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O’Dell, Russell Todd, Barbara Crampton, Karrie Emerson
Storyline: Teenagers trapped in a high tech shopping mall are being hunted down by security robots.
Review (Spoils): A group of crazy teenagers who all work at a local mall decide to throw a party in one of the stores. The mall goes into security locked down while they are having the time of their lives which then the robot security guards then go out and try to get rid of all the intruders. This is all caused by a crazy lightning storm which strikes and causes all the janitor staff to die and caused the robots to go nuts.
We have killer robots, young hormones, some burning teenagers, explosions, lasers, someone falling to their death and some cheesy electrocution. This film screams 80s and some bad acting to boot.
Rating: Man do I ever hate robots in horror films. Don’t get me wrong I love Star Wars but I don’t like them mixed. The film was ok for what it was which was cheesy teenage fun in a mall. Think Dawn of the Dead but with robots and not even nearly as good. The film need more babes and less lasers.
Childs Play 4: Bride of Chucky (1998)
Director: Ronny Yu
Main Stars: Jennifer Tily, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigi, John Ritter, Alexis Arquette
Storyline: Chucky finds the perfect mate that revived into another doll this time a female doll.
Review (Spoils): Tiffany (Jennifer Tily) is a former lover of the late Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky (Brad Dourif). She tries to bring Chucky back but finds out his love was false. In a fit of rage she cages Chucky and mocks him with a rubber female doll in a wedding gown. Chucky escapes and kills off Tiffany but uses the same ritual to bring Tiffany’s soul into the new female doll as revenge. The tow them work together to go on a killing spree to find the amulet that save them and help become human again.
We have stabbings, doll sex, some funny rubber jokes, car crashes, burnt rubber and gun shots. There is not much blood and such in this film as it’s more a trip on what the dolls are up to on their chase for the jewel.
Rating: Not to ruin the film too much it actually was pretty entertaining and something different then all the other films of the series. Thank god no Andy! The film is actually pretty funny and the bride is a nice touch to the film. The very ending is a surprise and leads into the very next one of the series. Jennifer Tily normally drives my brain mad with her voice but I was able to handle this one.
Child’s Play 3 (1991)
Director: Jack Bender
Main Stars: Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves, Jermey Sylvers
Storyline: Andy is all grown up and Chucky still wants him dead.
Review (Spoils): Andy (Justin Whalin) is all grown up and is now in military school. At the same time the toy company decides to release the Good Guys toy line. So they cheap out and use old materials of the past dolls and lord be hold Chucky is back. Chucky goes on a killer rampage again to kill anyone who gets in his way to Andy and also he tries to possess a new young boy now owns the new doll.
This series is really drying out at this point. Kill Andy already and move on. Garbage trucks, stabbings, heart attacks, throat slits, grenades, gun shots and the fan death.
Rating: Too be honest this series kind of died for me after the first film. Not a Chucky fan and the storyline are forever long. Luckily not long in the series they catch on and change the direction.
Puppet Master 2 (1991)
Director: David Allen
Stars: Elizabeth Maclellan, Collin Bernsen, Steve Welles, Nita Talbot
Storyline: The puppets relive Andre Toulon from the dead.
Review (spoils): The puppets are back and they relive their old master Andre Toulon (Steve Welles) from the grave using a brain serum from ancient Egypt. During this some scientists lead by fiery babe Carolyn Bramwell (Elizabeth Maclellan) and the psychic Camille (Nita Talbot) go back to the mansion and try to find out what happened that night of the murders. This leads to the puppets murdering them one by one with stabbing, blow torches, head drilling all the while Andre Toulon acts as a person named Erique Chanee. In the end Andre relieves himself for his undead self and tries to drain Carolyn’s life essence like his into life size puppets as she reminds him of the late Elsa. She escapes and the puppets have their way with their old master.
The acting is average; the blood is minor but is an ok script. The strangeness of the life size puppets is enough to leave you with an eerie feeling. Plus we have the hotness of Elizabeth Maclellan in an white lingerie.
Rating: The series takes a twisted twist in the storyline here. It’s not perfect but at the same time it sure in hell isn’t the worse of the series. Drink up again for the Puppet Master.