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Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 20 April 2018 (USA)
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All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets up for auction at a convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time.

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Credited cast:
Charlyne Yi ... Nerissa
Thomas Lennon ... Edgar
Michael Paré ... Detective Brown
Udo Kier ... Andre Toulon
Barbara Crampton ... Carol Doreski
Nelson Franklin ... Markowitz
Matthias Hues ... Strommelson
Jenny Pellicer ... Ashley
Tina Parker ... Betsy
Kennedy Summers ... Goldie
Betsy Holt ... Nancy
Victoria Hande ... Candace
Alex Beh ... Howie
Grace Montie ... Young Carol Doreski
Anne Beyer ... Hedwig Wagner
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Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother's room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time. Written by Cinestate

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English

Release Date:

20 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puppet Master: The Little Reich See more »

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Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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The silhouettes on the movie poster had used a photo of Tunneler from Puppet Master 2 as a base, and a photo of Blade from the original movie and one of the action figures from the late 90's of Pinhead. See more »

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Remake of Puppetmaster (1989) See more »

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Retro goodish
15 August 2018 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

Being sold as the goriest film ever, I have to say, no. It's a Puppet Master film if you've never seen any of those it's hard to say you MUST see this one as you probably don't have to. But if you have seen them you'll see this as one of the better ones, it drops the annoying Gremlins sounds that, for me, pretty much ruined the first film, and for the most part the rest were all down hill in budget and quality with part 3 being probably the best of them. Like Part 3 in a way this deals with the Nazi backstory of the Puppets and even this time deals with the Holocaust and Nazi agenda the puppets are carrying on. There is humor but it's played straight which helps, the main humor being from several super gorey show stopping moments--though most of the gore is pretty routine--within the context of gore done in say the 1980's way--practical effects as they call it now.

The downsides to this film is that is has virtually no visual style at all and is dingy looking, the actors all look old and haggard most of the time, and for some of the old actors in particular this does them no favors as it makes them look really old. The old horror name actors all do well, aside from looking kind of dreadful, but be warned UDO KIER has very little to do. Crampton is quite good.

They story does stop for awhile when the movie turns into a series of gore scenes, but the story is frankly pretty good.

The Puppets are seen rarely for much of the film, and often are used the way MUPPETS are--there is sadly no, from what I can tell, animated Puppets in the film---the brief stop-motion moments in the original films were all highlights and you'd hope a done real, not CGI, reboot would take the time to do some stop motion animation--but strangely they don't--which mostly keeps the puppets from doing much that is new, or even as good as, the best moments from the original series.

Music score, by another Horror name, is too sparse as the film feels very flat for much of the first 30 minutes.

But the film does build well and has a great post credit scene, so be sure to stay turned for that. It's a reboot in mostly a good way and certainly, though low budget in look, done better than original producer Charles Band is able to do these days.

So a decent start for what hopes to be a new series of films by a also rebooted brand name Fangoria. This film is also better than the previous attempts at film production done under the Fango banner in the early 1990s.


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