Puppet Master

I’ve been meaning to watch this one for a while now, but I held off because I can’t handle another marathon of films (ie…Friday the 13th, Hellraiser). Those few weeks spent watching sequel after sequel burned me the heck out. Completing a series of genre films is the kind of thing you need to do with a few friends, several cases of malt liquor, and a rainy Saturday. Not the kind of grueling torture to try and endure over the period of a couple weeks. Trust me.

But I wanted to watch Puppet Master because recently I received a copy of the latest in the series, Puppet Master: Axis of Evil – which I haven’t seen yet. So, the goal is to watch the original and then skip ahead to the tenth movie (or ninth, depending you how you count) in the franchise. Sound like a plan?

I typically dislike writing about movies that everyone has seen a million times. I really doubt I can shed any new light or find some angle that someone hasn’t already written about before. I mean, c’mon! Puppet Master is one of the most famous and most talked about B-Horror movies of all time. But I really like this movie, so let’s do it anyway.

Puppet Master was the first film for Full Moon Productions –now a gold standard in B-Horror. Charles Band had left Empire Pictures citing that he wanted more control, directing and producing only what he was interested in. His first film out on his own just so happened to end up being an epic within the killer doll genre. Let’s be honest. No conversation about the genre is complete without a significant dose of Andre Toulon and his dolls.

I’m not going to talk about the plot, so if you haven’t seen this movie the rest of this review will be sufficiently terrible.

I always have fun watching this one (probably 20 times now). From the joys of Leech Woman, to Pinhead, to Blade (my personal fave), each puppet brings something unique to the game of death. And unlike some of the later films in the series, this one plays out as a straight horror movie. No winks. No self-aware bullsh*t. And I think that is what makes this movie great. The performances of the actors, while not Oscar worthy, helps sell belief in the fact that there are indeed a bunch of killer puppets running around and this shouldn’t’ be viewed as ludicrous. I’ve always felt B-movies work best when taken seriously. This flick might be the best example to base that case on.

My favorite scene? Dinner table. Fave Puppet? Blade (because of the Klaus Kinski connection). Fave movie in series: Always will be the original. I went. Now you. What are your favorite Puppet Master moments, dolls, etc.?

Tomorrow will be the latest entry in the franchise and I am pretty excited to check it out.

Rating: 7.5/10

Snore Factor: ZZ (A bit slow early on, but worth it)

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  • Tromeric

    Torch is probably my favorite. With Blade right there next to him of course. Part 3 is my favorite, I love the story and that they bring six shooter in.

  • http://www.365HorrorMovie.com Micah

    Oh yeah, Six-Shooter is the business. Now I want to watch that part 3 – may end up marathoning this after all.