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The Puppet Masters (1994)

The Earth is invaded by stingray-shaped alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds.

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Mary Sefton
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President Douglas
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Viscott
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Strange aliens land in the Midwest, taking over people's minds in order to spread their dominion. Sam Nivens and Andrew Nivens, aided by Mary Sefton, are part of a government agency who must stop the the aliens before the aliens get to them... Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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Rated R for violence, sci-fi gore and brief language | See all certifications »

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21 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters  »

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$8,638,072 (USA)
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Some shots of the film were filmed in downtown Fresno, California in 1994. See more »

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In the scene where the monkey gets infected by the alien and starts typing, the keys he presses do not match what he is writing. See more »

Quotes

Sam: So if the two of you are being shot at, which bullet do I take?
Andrew: Why you must try for both, of course.
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References Aliens (1986) See more »

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Slightly underrated aliens-vs-government 50s throwback movie
22 May 2015 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Probably produced following the smash success of The X Files, The Puppet Masters is a pretty solid slice of alien invasion pulp fiction. The casting is good, with Eric Thal and Julie Warner proving to be charming enough stand-ins for Mulder and Scully. Elsewhere, sci-fi genre fans may appreciate the appearances of Yaphet Kotto (Alien), Keith David (The Thing) and of course the great Donald Sutherland (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers).

Behind the camera, it's an unusually British affair with director Stuart Orme, cinematographer Clive Tickner, and composer Colin Towns all heralding from the UK. They do nice work - Orme provides a tense and pacey first half, Tickner's very fine work lends a stylish visual sheen, and Towns' music is lushly complex.

However, although it starts out well, the flick loses some energy and traction around the middle and doesn't get it back. Its potential begins to slip away and I'm not quite sure why. Maybe budget/script cuts. The last third in particular, with its under-powered action set-pieces and somewhat perfunctory ending, suggests that the film had hit the glass ceiling of its production resources... or perhaps even its creators' full interest.

Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable sci-fi thriller for a good part of its running time. Might make a nice viewing companion with The Hidden (1987) or certainly any number of old X Files episodes!


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