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Puppetmaster (1989)

R | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | Video 1990
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:

The 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

Originally intended to be released into theaters in the summer of 1989 and onto home video in September 1989, it was then pushed to 12 October 1989 as a direct-to-video release, as producer Charles Band had stated in an interview that he would make more money in the DTV field than he would in the theatrical market. See more »

Goofs

When Dana is walking down one hall with Leroy and a bottle of champagne, the exit sign is backwards. See more »

Quotes

Neil Gallagher: I'm tired of experimenting with silly puppets.
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Alternate Versions

The extended version was also published onto a MovieCD by the now-defunct software company Sirius Publishing on CD-ROM format during the late 1990s. See more »

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Fun, cheesy movie
27 March 2004 | by ScarTrekSee all my reviews

Bad acting, awful hair, horrible plot, cheesy action, hokey characters.

Still reading? Good. My brother picked this movie up for me on DVD, because he knows of my love of horror movies. My first thoughts as I inserted the disc was that it'd be a cheesy, laughable pile of 80's horror rubbish. So I was in for a pleasant surprise. If you can get past the initial presentation of the movie (it feels every bit as low-budget as it is), you'll find it to be creepy, intriguing, and above all, great fun. The puppets themselves could have been a whole lot worse. The effects are hardly Lord Of The Rings, but through a strange combination of live-action and extremely well-animated stop-motion, the puppets don't make you cringe every time they show up on screen. They're probably better actors than some of the live actors even, it's difficult to tell who's more wooden. But it's hardly a character-driven story. It's an unusual story nontheless, and it definitely interested me enough to watch it right through - and then pick up the first sequel!

If you ever saw the movie Child's Play, with which comparisons are inevitable, you'll know already whether you can suspend your disbelief enough to enjoy a movie about killer puppets. If you can, and don't mind horrific 80's haircuts, I'd strongly suggest giving this one a rental, you could do a lot worse.


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