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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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Charles Band's explanation for how he came up with the title Puppetmaster goes back to his early days working with Empire Pictures. He worked on a film called The Dungeonmaster (aka Ragewar) in 1984 and said that he had many fans coming up to him saying that they loved that title. He's always been fascinated with little dolls/figurines coming to life and when he wanted to make a movie on living puppets he remembered how much positive feedback he received from The Dungeonmaster. He then simply decided to call the film Puppetmaster. See more »

Goofs

When Toulon puts Blade in the trunk, the hook is his right hand, while every other time it is his left, the knife being right. See more »

Quotes

Alex Whitaker: I had this dream and I came here to make sure it didn't come true
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La Chorrito
by Pechula Chuppa
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Rather slow Cultclassic
5 October 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of b-flicks and cultmovies, I was aware of this movie's reputation. So, why not give it a chance? Was I appointed? No, not really ... but was I excited?! Neither! This movie has an original storyline, is shot on a nice location and the special effects are OK (they look sometimes a bit silly, but in movies like this, there's one golden rule: how sillier, how much more fun!) But, in general, this is a rather slow and boring movie. It has some great (and sick) scenes ... but that doesn't cover up for the rest of the movie. This movie constantly repeats itself. I really had the feeling that the director had problems to fill his 90 minutes. So ... is it a waste of time?! No, you'll have fun with it. Just don't expect too much of this 'cultclassic'

PS: Just like Child's Play, this movie is about dolls and puppets ... but that doesn't mean it's suitable for young children. A wise advice to all you babysitters out there!


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