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Retro Puppet Master (1999)

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

Director:

David DeCoteau (as Joseph Tennent)

Writers:

Charles Band (original story), Neal Marshall Stevens (screenplay) (as Benjamin Carr)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Sestero ... Young Toulon
Brigitta Dau ... Ilsa
Stephen Blackehart ... First Servant
Jack Donner ... Afzel
Guy Rolfe ... Elder Toulon
Robert Radoveanu Robert Radoveanu ... Second Servant
Vitalie Bantas Vitalie Bantas ... Third Servant
Sando Teodor Sando Teodor ... Latour (as Sandu Teodor)
George Calin George Calin ... Valentin
Giuliano Doman Giuliano Doman ... Vigo (as Juliano Doman)
Vlad Dulea Vlad Dulea ... Duval
Dan Fintescu Dan Fintescu ... Beggar
Serban Celea ... Father
Elvira Deatcu Elvira Deatcu ... Margarette
Claudiu Trandafir ... Leader
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Puppet Master 7 See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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The Kushner-Locke Company See more »
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Stereo

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James Franco auditioned to play Young Toulon, Greg Sestero's role. He and Sestero have since collaborated on The Disaster Artist (2017), a film adaptation of Sestero's book "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room (2003), the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made". See more »

Goofs

The early 1900's theater has modern tubular steel frame chairs. See more »

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Vigo: To do? Well, since there is neither a bribe nor a loose moral, Mademoiselle, attatched to the complaint, I suspect they'll do nothing.
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Puppet Laster
6 April 2009 | by barnthebarnSee all my reviews

David DeCoteau directed 'Curse of the Puppet Master' (the sixth Puppet Master movie) as Victoria Sloan and here directs the seventh as Joseph Tennent. Not sure why a director of some of the most ridiculous movies ever made would replace their name on their more credible work but there we go. This seventh instalment is well made and excellently acted with the last actual performance of Guy Rolfe, not just as Andre Toulon, but ever. Rolfe is without doubt one of the world's greatest actors and as Andre Toulon the most fantastical performer of Full Moon Productions' entire catalogue. This film travels back to early 20th century Paris to find the origins of the Puppets, there are a few extra puppets here that - as yet unexplained - do not appear in other films. Our favourites here, such as Pinhead; Torch and Tunneler are more traditional wooden puppets, not yet fully developed and very low on personality and colour - their oak finish makes them seem far more sinister though. For the first time Richard Band's amazing Puppet theme does not appear and is ultimately the only major error of judgement in a fun and fantastically produced addition to the series. Watch the dead homeless man on the steps though (who first gives his 'life' to the puppets) - though dead and looking almost like a puppet himself he can't help blinking in full camera shot. The film is old fashioned and almost Sunday afternoon family fun (like an old detective drama or something). Surprising.


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