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.
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.
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.
Director: David Schmoeller
Main Stars: Paul Le Mat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Kathryn O’Reilly
Storyline: Neil Gallagher finds the secret of Toulon’s puppets which they can come to life within black magic. A group of psychics come to investigate the missing friend and find out that the stories of Toulon’s puppets are true.
Review (Spoils): The puppet maker Andre Toulon (William Hickey) shoots himself so that the Nazi cannot find out his secret to make puppets come to life. 50 years later Neil Gallagher find the answer and calls to his psychic friends to help solve his disappearance. The rest of the movie is based around a very old house in which the psychics wine and dine and talk trash while they try to track down Neil. Right from the first night the puppets come to life and hunt down the trespassers. We have fun puppets like pinhead, blade, jester, leech woman and tunneler which gather their names from their special talents and this just the first of the long series of Puppetmaster films. The idea works for this film.
Rating: Not the greatest film but it was not too bad and it was watchable. This is the best of the series really and there are some disgusting scenes such as leech woman and tunneler so it was worth a few beers.