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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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Irene Miracle ...
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Robin Frates ...
Matt Roe ...
Frank Forrester
Kathryn O'Reilly ...
Carissa 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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Rated R for strong graphic horror/fantasy violence, a strong sex scene with nudity and strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The puppet Blade is based on one of David Schmoeller's favorite actors, Klaus Kinski. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when the puppet Blade is racing around the Bodega Bay Inn grounds, he runs over to the car that had just pulled up. When the door opens and the two assassins walk out, you can see three crew members in the car door window reflection. Two of them are down on their knees holding the camera portraying Blade's birds eye vision. Another is standing on the grass watching over. See more »

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Frank Forrester: Just a little bit of sauce and Dana can become quite the cynic.
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La Chorrito
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Now THIS was a fabulous movie!
10 December 1998 | by (Tranquille) – See all my reviews

You'd figure the thirtieth or fortieth movie about dolls that "live" would get stale, but "Puppet Master" has yet more to show you. They're not dolls in this movie, but rather five special puppets, crafted with love to be the companions of an old, lonely man. Jester, the quiet puppet, and last to be created, who sits back and watches is by far the most interesting. It's cool to watch his head spin around (it's made up of three distinct sections) when he changes his facial expressions.

These puppets have been "lost" for nearly fifty years when the story begins, and a bunch of psychics come to investigate the hotel. The death scenes in this movie are unique -- no one can commit gruesome murder quite like tiny little people. But even though they're rampaging the hotel, these toys aren't evil. They set a standard followed in "Puppet Master II" (a movie that, while tolerable, is no where near as good as the original) in that the puppets have no choice but to follow their master, who will eventually reap what he sows.

It's a fabulous movie, from the scenery of the old bed and breakfast at the Bodega Bay house, to the almost sweet-looking puppets (who just happen to like to murder people), and all told, I think I would have to give this movie an eight out of ten. Sure, there's simulated sex, but it's not all that bad. The movie itself is pretty tame -- there's language, humor, gratuitous (and fairly strange) sex, and violence, but it's not marked by extreme gore (well, there's a questionable part right at the very end that is a little disgusting).

One of the best reasons for watching this movie is the cast, particularly Paul LeMat as Alex Whitaker. He's excellent as the peace-keeper in the movie, as well as the first of the psychics to have a really good clue what is going on in the household. Unfortunately, even he, in the end, jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Viewers who enjoy this movie will enjoy "Child's Play", "Dolls", "Demonic Toys", and "Dolly Dearest", among other horror films. Although "Puppet Master" isn't quite as demonic as the others mentioned, and has no aspects of Satan-worship, voodoo, or demonic culture, it's still another of those "inanimate objects come to life" movies. A definite hit!


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