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Retro Puppet Master (1999)

In the late nineteenth century, an Ancient Egyptian sorcerer discovers the art of transferring the souls of the dead into inanimate objects.

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(original story), (screenplay) (as Benjamin Carr)
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Brigitta Dau ...
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First Servant
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Robert Radoveanu ...
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Vitalie Bantas ...
Third Servant
Sando Teodor ...
Latour (as Sandu Teodor)
George Calin ...
Valentin
Juliano Doman ...
Vigo
Vlad Dulea ...
Duval
Dan Fintescu ...
Beggar
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Father
Elvira Deatcu ...
Margarette
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It's 1892 and Sutekh is hopping mad. It seems a 3,000 year old Egyptian sorcerer has stolen one of the God's secrets of life - that of instilling the souls of the dying into inanimate things. Sutekh raises three mummified former high priests, led by the villainous "First Servant", and charges them with recovering both the Sorceror and his secret. There is no lack of victims for the 3 high-faluting, stylish villains as they pursue their prey to 19th century Paris, and the very young puppeteer, Andre Toulon. Toulon runs a puppet theatre in the heart of Paris, and meets the sorcerer (the mysterious Afzel) when he is found by the lovely Swiss Ambassador's daughter Ilsa, after being nearly killed. It is there and then that we find the seed of things to come, and the origin of the Puppetmaster series of tales. Written by Fred Bloggs

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Rated PG-13 for horror violence | See all certifications »

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At the time Sestero was cast, he and Tommy Wiseau were both struggling actors trying to break into Hollywood. Although Wiseau was initially supportive of Sestero, Sestero's long period away filming on location caused Wiseau to become jealous and sink into a deep depression. He ultimately broke himself out of it by beginning work on a creative project, which evolved into the script for The Room (2003). See more »

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A string is visible during the genesis of the puppets. See more »

Quotes

Ilsa: The old man...
Andre Toulon: Well?
Duval: [straightforward] If he wakes in the next hour, he should recover. If he doesn't, he probably won't.
Ilsa: But, why would anyone want to kill him?
Andre Toulon: Ah...
[at a loss for words]
Duval: Some men don't need a reason.
[shakes head then walks off]
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Followed by Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (2004) See more »

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2nd best of the franchise...
24 May 2006 | by (Washington DC, United States) – See all my reviews

Six-shooter, Tunnel Sergeant, Dr. Death, Pinhead, Cyclops, and Blade help the young Andre Toulon take out Sutek's Egyption henchman in the best sequel this series has seen.

Retro Puppet Master is atmospheric with many sets, quality acting and some fun puppet FX. What it lacks in gore, it makes up for with an interesting well-paced plot.

Best Quote: Dr. Death: "Don't you know, my friends? Smell the sulfur, see the smoke..."

This is easily the best Dave DeCoteau film I've seen. The actors do a more-than-credible job: Jack Donner as "Azfel" turns in an inspired performance, and the young Toulon does well with the puppets. Oh, and the ring-needle is cool.

John Massari's score is a nice symphonic take on the original Puppet Master tunes by Richard Band, keeping the movie playful and eerie. It's rare for a Full Moon score to actually add something to a film, and this one does.

Unfortunately, Dave Allen didn't seem to be affordable enough for Band and Co. in the late-90's and beyond, so all of the puppet action is done rod and string. There's no stop motion such as the famous and funny scene in the original where Pinhead's looking for his pinhead. And, of course, as with all of the Full Moon fare of this time period, RPM was shot in and around Castel Studios in Bucharest, so most of the bit parts were cast to Romanians: hearing their "Parisian" accents was a bit annoying.

All in all, this is probably one of the top-10 Full Moon films. It's certainly the most inventive of the Puppet Master sequels.


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