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Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)

A scientist attempts to master the art of transferring people's souls into puppets.

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(as Victoria Sloan)

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(as Benjamin Carr)
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Peck ...
Dr. Magrew / Puppet Master
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Josh Green ...
Robert 'Tank' Winsley
Michael Guerin ...
Joey Carp
Michael Sollenberger ...
Station Owner
Marc Newburger ...
Art Cooney
Scott Boyer ...
Larry
Jason Dean Booher ...
Pogo
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Sherrif Garvey
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Deputy Wayburn
William Knight ...
Medical Examiner
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Shipping Agent (as Pat Thomas)
Ariauna Albright ...
Operator (voice)
J.R. Bookwalter ...
Tommy Berke (voice)
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Storyline

Robert "Tank" begins to work for Dr. Magrew sculpting a puppet for the Doctor to bring to life using the work of Andre Toulon. Robert begins to fall in love with the Doctors daughter, Jane. Unbeknownst to Robert, the Doctor is trying to create a "perfect race" of puppet humans. Jane discovers a "matt puppet" which is from his first assistant. She comes back just in time to see her father, cut up by the puppets, has succeeded in putting a living human, Robert, into the puppet he carved. Written by Chris Schoettle, B-Movie king

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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26 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Puppet Master: The Human Experiment  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The first film to not use stop motion animation. Also the first film that didn't have David Allen involved with special effects. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Garvey meets Tank outside Dr. Magrew's house Garvey says, "Don't you worry". You can clearly see the boom mic at the top of your screen at that time. See more »

Quotes

Sherrif Garvey: Now, Art, we know that you and Joey were like two balls in a sac.
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Connections

Followed by Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Will You Visit Me On Sunday
Written by Charlie Louvin
Produced by Clyde Beavers'
Performed by George Jones
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User Reviews

 
"I guess folks would pay to see about anything".
16 May 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

After not being terribly impressed by the last two additions to the franchise, I wasn't expecting all that much from "Curse" and this was a blessing disguise. I found David DeCoteau's sequel somewhat a step-down in quality (which at times looked very second-rate), but probably a little more enjoyable if a tad creative in its story (despite a silly script, unintentionally humorous plotting and an abrupt ending). While still being one of the weakest, it skipped that childish feel of the recent ventures… to only deliver on the nasty and gory quota with its nightmarish details (resembling the tone of the original features), but while the jolts and cruelty is there it seemed to meander on its characters interactions and the constant mystery surrounding a disappearance, which is rather predictable to figure out. The puppets have always been the stars and that's nothing new here, as the creations are well-used despite some obvious stock footage from other features. The uncanny appearances and personalities come through, although some are underused; The Jester and especially Leech woman. However there are plenty of images of the puppets cementing how they are best of pals. DeCoteau's practical direction is raw and threadbare, but there's a lyrical guidance that shows in some atmospheric visuals. Most of the performances are particularly lousy and over-enthusiastic, but Emily Harrison seems to be an exception to the trend.


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