Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)
Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
Main Stars: Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin
Storyline: The puppets are up for auction and something evil has re-animate them again to go on a killing spree.
Review (Spoils): Edgar (Thomas Lennon) has had a tough go at life and returns back to his childhood home. He comes across one of the old puppets that his brother use to have in a box. He tries to sell it for money at a 30th anniversary of Toulon. As he and some comic book friends (Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin) join forces on this road trip all hell breaks loose as the puppets come to live and start to kill everyone in their path.
The film jumps away from the past films of the series. The storyline is rich in comedy, classic puppet action and over the top gore. The film is really not like the past ones at all. It does not lean on the Toulon storyline even though it does touch it a bit. Most of the film focuses on the trio of friends battling off the evil puppets as they slaughter everyone else. The deaths are memorable and way over the top (like the beheading where the guy pisses on his own head). Lots of blood, gore and over the top body count is what to be expected from the film. But do not expect the standard mystic feel of the past films. For this even though it could be seemed as a fresh new take past fans might feel it is not a real Puppet Master film.
The film brings back the classic puppets like hook, miss leach, pinhead, jester, torch and driller. Some new puppets have joined the group also such as the funny looking frog one, the wolf and the red skull one.
Rating: Being a fan of the classic films this one was not quite what I was expecting. The good is lots of gore and I did not mind the comedy. The bad is the film was not serious enough as in the past films and I miss Toulon. There should have been more Toulon and a little more background on characters that were being slaughtered.
Cult of Chucky (2017)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Allison Dawn Doiron, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Michael Therriault, Jennifer Tilly
Storyline: Nica is placed in a hospital where past Chucky victims rest. With the help of Tiffany, Chuck comes to the hospital to pay some respect.
Review (Spoils): Nica (Fiona Dourif) is accused of murdering her family, as nobody believes her that the doll did the killing. The patients in the hospital she is located are all past victims (including Andy from the first films) and they are believed to be illusions of the mind. While this is going on the staff at the hospital are actually starting a cult dedicated to the devilish doll but Tiffany has other plans to help Chucky out.
This film starts almost right after the last one but it does start a bit confusing. Nica’s part make’s sense but dragging Andy (Alex Vincent) in from the beginning makes the film confusing. That is a fault of the film it is kind of jammed together without real thought. The gore and blood is there but limited. Do not get me wrong it was nice to re-introduce Andy but it was done wrong and should have been brought in near the end as a surprise. Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly did a great job returning as their characters but the story itself was all over the place. The Cult part was misleading and was not really explained.
We have knives, drills, burnt dolls, many jumbled dream sequences, some blood and a nasty head smash. Other than that just a lot of dialogue and character introduction without any real detail.
Rating: Personally had hope for this series as the last film was not bad and I enjoy the Nica character. However, this story is fucked and to be honest the whole Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly )character seems fake in this film but I did enjoy the twist ending. Holding still hope that this series will get back to the horror and drop the comedy.
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Maitland McConnell, Summer H. Howell, Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly
Storyline: The Chucky doll re-appears back into the family of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray.
Review (Spoils): A young woman named Nica (Fiona Dourif) has been in a wheelchair since birth and under the watchful eye of her paranoid mother (Chantal Quesnelle). The Chucky doll appears at the house and her mother id found dead. The family re-unites with Nica’s older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), her husband her daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell) and the nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell). As they, all stay at the house with the doll, one by one, they all start to die and the story unfolds with the Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) connection.
Right after the Seed of Chucky crazy storyline the series tries to get back to its roots. The story starts on a tale of the charming Nica and her mother. They get the Chucky doll in the mail and think of it as a sick joke. Time passes and the doll comes to life and her mother is killed. Everything is played as suicide (with scissors?) any ways that is when the rest of the family comes home and as we have family, secrets and conflict Chucky starts to hack them up. We have a beautiful cast of women Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Maitland McConnell. We have lesbian affairs, scissors, very nasty axes gausses, some bad CGI blood, lost of eyeballs flying and hanging, a hot pink bra and panty laptop chat (because that’s what people do in the real world), knives, peeling skin and very cool beheading. The gore is there if you wait for it.
Rating: I am going to be honest this film at the very beginning I was worried about it. Not being a huge fan of the series this film actual surprised me and got me on board. It dropped some of the cheesy humor of the past films and dove right into a good horror tale. I love the story line that intertwines with the past of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray and his nutty lover Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). This film actual made me a fan of the series now.
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.