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.
Puppet Master 3 (1991)
Director: David DeCoteau
Main Stars: Guy Rolfe, Richard Lynch, Ian Abercrombie, Aron Eisenberg, Sarah Douglas
Storyline: Set in Berlin WWII we learn more of Toulon and his connection to the Nazi of Germany.
Review (Spoils): The movie plays on a history report on the creator of the puppets Toulon (Guy Rolfe). During WWII the Nazi created a formula to bring the dead back to life so they would have the ultimate army. This leads to maybe Toulon being a Nazi dissident who leads to an investigation and raid and the death of Toulon’s wife (Sarah Douglas). Toulon seeks revenge and uses the formula to bring the toys to life to bring them down.
This builds into the history of the puppets themselves and Toulon. It explains a bit more on the formula itself and brings the wrap around from the first film and the second one. The story has depth and also introduces the master’s wife and the puppet named six shooter (not one of my favorite puppets). The film is an important part of the series too because it gives the birth of each puppet that we have seen in the first two films.
Rating: This is a nice little prequel the series as it explains a whole lot of why the whole series even exists. The madness behind Toulon and the reason of the puppets to begin with, don’t expect awesome acting but do expect some drilling, some blood and a nice little war story of the puppet master himself.