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Pinocchio's Revenge (1996)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror  |  7 October 1996 (USA)
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Defense attorney Jennifer Garrick acquires a Pinocchio puppet from a condemned serial killer. Her pre-teen daughter, Zoe, mistakes the puppet as a birthday present and grows really attached... See full summary »


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Defense attorney Jennifer Garrick acquires a Pinocchio puppet from a condemned serial killer. Her pre-teen daughter, Zoe, mistakes the puppet as a birthday present and grows really attached to her new doll friend. Suddenly, accidents begin to happen to those who cross Zoe. Zoe claims it's her Pinocchio doll. Zoe's therapist thinks otherwise. Soon Pinocchio and Zoe are conversing about his bad behavior. Pinnochio promises he'll behave if Zoe will cut his strings. Zoe complies, and the mysterious murders begin... Written by Humberto Amador

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7 October 1996 (USA)  »

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The Pinocchio Syndrome  »

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When Sophia is being beaten after tripping in the hall you can clearly see a manicured thumbnail holding onto the object used to beat her to death during the second swing. See more »

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Written & Performed by Dennis Michael Tenney
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An okay movie.
29 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Pinocchio's Revenge" is a decent enough movie to add to the sub genre of horror films dealing with minuscule terrors, whether they be dolls or toys or monsters or whatever. Writer / director Kevin S. Tenney's story is about a defense attorney, Jennifer Garrick (gorgeous Rosalind Allen), who defends a wood carver, Vincent Gotto (Lewis Van Bergen) accused of being a serial killer. She comes to believes that Gotto is innocent and covering up for somebody else. And recovered from a crime scene is a Pinocchio marionette, the presence of which has a negative effect on Jennifer's imaginative daughter Zoe (Brittany Alyse Smith). Overall, Tenney's movie is just too reminiscent of "Child's Play" (right down to a similar scene involving a door and a knife) to work too well, but what earns it some respect is its insistence on playing up its ambiguity at every turn. Even when we inevitably see the malicious marionette actually *doing* things, it's never made 100% certain that this isn't all *just* in the heads of its characters. It's too hard not to laugh when we hear / see Pinocchio (voiced by Dick Beals, doubled by Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer) talking and attacking, but for the most part Tenney refuses to go the purely cheesy route and avoids this sort of thing for as long as he can. Effective atmosphere and spooky music by the director's brother Dennis are assets; also, the performances from all concerned are pretty damn sincere, with Allen reasonably good in the lead; handsome Todd Allen, one of the leads of Tenney's "Witchboard", is the love interest, and familiar character players such as Aaron Lustig (as the psychiatrist), Ron Canada (as Jennifer's boss), Van Bergen, Larry Cedar (as the district attorney), Janet MacLachlan (as the judge), and Robert Winley (in one of his standard biker roles) all turn up as well. Those horror fans hoping for a formula and gore driven, body count type of affair will be left than satisfied, as Tenney prefers to keep things psychological, but at least Candace McKenzie as the nanny Sophia gives us some enjoyable full frontal nudity, and young Smith is pretty good as child actors go. This is all enjoyable enough while it lasts. Six out of 10.

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