Psychics find themselves plotted against by a former colleague, who committed suicide after discovering animated, murderous puppets.

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David Schmoeller

Writers:

Charles Band (story), Kenneth J. Hall (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Le Mat ... Alex Whitaker
William Hickey ... Andre Toulon
Irene Miracle ... Dana Hadley
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Neil Gallagher
Robin Frates Robin Frates ... Megan Gallagher
Matt Roe Matt Roe ... Frank Forrester
Kathryn O'Reilly Kathryn O'Reilly ... Carissa Stamford
Mews Small ... Theresa (as Merrya Small)
Barbara Crampton ... Woman at Carnival
David Boyd David Boyd ... Man at Carnival
Peter Frankland Peter Frankland ... Assassin #1
Andrew Kimbrough Andrew Kimbrough ... Assassin #2
Ed Cook Ed Cook ... Pinhead (voice)
Linda Cook Linda Cook ... Leech Woman (voice)
Tim Dornberg Tim Dornberg ... Tunneler (voice)
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic horror/fantasy violence, a strong sex scene with nudity and strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Blade's vocal effects were done by Bert Rosario. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end when Alex is being punched by the "Puppet Master" his mouth is bloody. Then Megan smashes a vase on The Puppet Master's head, and in the next shot Alex's face is no longer bloody. In the next close-up of him the blood has returned. See more »

Quotes

Dana Hadley: You are in great danger - do not go near the fireplace.
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Alternate Versions

The 1989 UK video version was cut by 3 secs by the BBFC to remove brief shots of a woman's breasts during the fantasy assault scene in the elevator. The shots were also missing from the Film 2000 DVD which featured the R-rated print. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Puppetmaster (2012) See more »

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La Chorrito
by Pechula Chuppa
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Entertaining, old fashioned piece of feel-good horror!
29 December 2005 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Puppet Master" is a wonderful, good-hearted slice of old-fashioned horror nonsense from the imagination of Charles Band. Whilst short on plot, it features a variety of pretty unusual characters, some fiendishly good stop-motion and stunt puppets and a few excellent set-pieces with just enough of the red stuff thrown in for good measure.

There are some fun performances from the cast which includes the rather sexy Irene Miracle ("Inferno") and an appearance from William Hickey ("National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", "Prizzi's Honour", etc.).

It's one of those few feel-good horror movies, ideal for Christmas viewing!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Puppet Master See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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