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Puppetmaster (1989)

R | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | Video 1990
Psychics find themselves plotted against by a former colleague, who committed suicide after discovering animated, murderous puppets.

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Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Robin Frates ...
Matt Roe ...
Frank Forrester
Kathryn O'Reilly ...
Carlissa Stamford
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Theresa (as Merrya Small)
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Woman at Carnival
David Boyd ...
Man at Carnival
Peter Frankland ...
Assassin #1
Andrew Kimbrough ...
Assassin #2
Ed Cook ...
Pinhead (voice)
Linda Cook ...
Leech Woman (voice)
Tim Dornberg ...
Tunneler (voice)
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Neil Gallagher found the secret to Toulon's puppets who come to life and then killed himself. Alex and his psychic friends come to investigate and are stalked by Toulon's puppets who have a variety of strange traits including a drill for a head and the ability to spit up leeches. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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A box of little toys has just become a gang of little terrors. This is not child's play... See more »


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Rated R for strong graphic horror/fantasy violence, a strong sex scene with nudity and strong language | See all certifications »

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In a 1999 interview with horror movie website The Terror Trap, David Schmoeller admitted that the reason he was not involved with the rest of the Puppet Master series aside from a character credit was that it would reveal that someone else besides Full Moon CEO Charles Band was responsible for the creation of Full Moon's biggest franchise. Schmoeller was never even approached to do a director's commentary for the first Puppet Master movie when it first arrived onto DVD. In the same interview, he also mentioned that Band still owes him residuals. See more »

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When Dana is walking down one hall with Leroy and a bottle of champagne, the exit sign is backwards. See more »

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Frank Forrester: Just a little bit of sauce and Dana can become quite the cynic.
Dana Hadley: I am not a cynic, Frank! I like to think of myself as a nasty bitch.
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Referenced in Blood of 1000 Virgins (2013) See more »

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La Chorrito
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Fun, cheesy movie
27 March 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Bad acting, awful hair, horrible plot, cheesy action, hokey characters.

Still reading? Good. My brother picked this movie up for me on DVD, because he knows of my love of horror movies. My first thoughts as I inserted the disc was that it'd be a cheesy, laughable pile of 80's horror rubbish. So I was in for a pleasant surprise. If you can get past the initial presentation of the movie (it feels every bit as low-budget as it is), you'll find it to be creepy, intriguing, and above all, great fun. The puppets themselves could have been a whole lot worse. The effects are hardly Lord Of The Rings, but through a strange combination of live-action and extremely well-animated stop-motion, the puppets don't make you cringe every time they show up on screen. They're probably better actors than some of the live actors even, it's difficult to tell who's more wooden. But it's hardly a character-driven story. It's an unusual story nontheless, and it definitely interested me enough to watch it right through - and then pick up the first sequel!

If you ever saw the movie Child's Play, with which comparisons are inevitable, you'll know already whether you can suspend your disbelief enough to enjoy a movie about killer puppets. If you can, and don't mind horrific 80's haircuts, I'd strongly suggest giving this one a rental, you could do a lot worse.


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