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Puppetmaster (1989)

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

Director:

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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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Puppet Master See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Asian puppet at the beginning of the movie that is looking out of Andre Toulon's window is actually a real Burmese opera marionette called Zawgyi the alchemist magician. See more »

Goofs

When Frank and Carissa are having sex and Carissa notices the door is open, her hair moves from hanging over her shoulder to behind her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Frank Forrester: Just a little bit of sauce and Dana can become quite the cynic.
Dana Hadley: I am not a cynic, Frank! I like to think of myself as a nasty bitch.
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Alternate Versions

An extended edition is available to view or download from Google Video and on DVD from Razor Digital 3D in a "flipper" disc with one side being a "3D" version and the other being the 2D version, which is about 80 seconds longer than the originally released R-Rated cut from Paramount Home Video and Full Moon Features. It includes extensions on the sex/death scene with Matt Roe and Kathryn O'Reilly, short extensions on Irene Miracle's throat wound, among other small extensions. See more »

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User Reviews

Now THIS was a fabulous movie!
10 December 1998 | by TaiyoSee all my reviews

You'd figure the thirtieth or fortieth movie about dolls that "live" would get stale, but "Puppet Master" has yet more to show you. They're not dolls in this movie, but rather five special puppets, crafted with love to be the companions of an old, lonely man. Jester, the quiet puppet, and last to be created, who sits back and watches is by far the most interesting. It's cool to watch his head spin around (it's made up of three distinct sections) when he changes his facial expressions.

These puppets have been "lost" for nearly fifty years when the story begins, and a bunch of psychics come to investigate the hotel. The death scenes in this movie are unique -- no one can commit gruesome murder quite like tiny little people. But even though they're rampaging the hotel, these toys aren't evil. They set a standard followed in "Puppet Master II" (a movie that, while tolerable, is no where near as good as the original) in that the puppets have no choice but to follow their master, who will eventually reap what he sows.

It's a fabulous movie, from the scenery of the old bed and breakfast at the Bodega Bay house, to the almost sweet-looking puppets (who just happen to like to murder people), and all told, I think I would have to give this movie an eight out of ten. Sure, there's simulated sex, but it's not all that bad. The movie itself is pretty tame -- there's language, humor, gratuitous (and fairly strange) sex, and violence, but it's not marked by extreme gore (well, there's a questionable part right at the very end that is a little disgusting).

One of the best reasons for watching this movie is the cast, particularly Paul LeMat as Alex Whitaker. He's excellent as the peace-keeper in the movie, as well as the first of the psychics to have a really good clue what is going on in the household. Unfortunately, even he, in the end, jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Viewers who enjoy this movie will enjoy "Child's Play", "Dolls", "Demonic Toys", and "Dolly Dearest", among other horror films. Although "Puppet Master" isn't quite as demonic as the others mentioned, and has no aspects of Satan-worship, voodoo, or demonic culture, it's still another of those "inanimate objects come to life" movies. A definite hit!


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