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Rated R
Copyright 1989 Full Moon Productions
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Andre Toulon - Creator of the animated puppets, shoots himself in the head.
  • Alex Whittaker - Psychic investigator, receives his insights through dreaming.
  • Dana Hadley - Redheaded witch, she's constantly waving a feather or incense at something, plus she talks to a stuffed dog. Blade cuts her throat.
  • Neil Gallagher - An evil and selfish man who has found the Puppet Master's secret. The puppets do him in.
  • Megan - Neil's wife, she takes a rather large amount of ribbing on his part.
  • Frank and Charissa - Two other psychics who can "feel" what occured somewhere, they are constantly bumping uglies. She is drilled by Tunneler and Leech Woman gets him.
  • Teresa - Annoying housekeeper, Pinhead takes care of her early on thank goodness.
  • The Puppets - Brought to life by Toulon they are: Blade, Jester, Leech Woman, Pin Head, and Tunneler.

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The Plot: 

The first of what was to be many Puppet Master films! Full Moon Entertainment provided the b-movie community with a terrific slew of movies in this series. Tasteful stop motion combined with moderate gore and a little bit of sex make for a solid bad movie, unfortunately it does drag along at times. Toulon creates the puppets but is forced to commit suicide when Nazi agents close in on his hotel room. Years later a group of psychics answer a telepathic communication from Neil Gallagher only to find he was dead when they received his summons. Soon the puppets, controlled by Neill - who has injected himself with the same formula which gives them life, are slaughtering everyone! A very odd film at times, including Dana walking around with a stuffed dog (petting and talking to it of course) which comes to life in the end. I really like the puppets... ...too bad they ran out of people to kill.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Gypsies should not have southern accents.
  • To check if someone is dead stab them, looking for a pulse or body temperature just will not do.
  • Psychics have a difficult time, always running into objects or places where something dreadful occured. I would avoid public restrooms if psychic, though hotel beds look fun.
  • Mystics talk to stuffed dogs.
  • It's impossible to discern between a woman's mouth and a puppet's.
  • Neck wounds don't bleed much.
  • Quite a bit happens around midnight, including the sun shining.
  • Having a leech stuck down your throat sucks.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 7 mins - Can anyone see this puppet running through the hotel?
  • 30 mins - Dude! What happened to your head? (Pin Head)
  • 37 mins - Hey, the gypsy said not to venture near the fireplace so what do you do? Bad idea in a b-movie girl...
  • 47 mins - Nothing like being tied up.
  • 50 mins - Sex scene! But we need focus! Focus please! Arrghhh...
  • 57 mins - Okay, Dana rounds the corner carrying the dog and it's in her right arm but now resides within her left? And it's not facing the same way?
  • 66 mins - It's around midnight but sunlight is streaming in the window.
  • 85 mins - Now the stuffed dog is alive?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note pupmaster1.wav Charrisa: "Oh my God Frankie!"
Frank: "What?"
Charrisa: "This is a movie star bed!"
Frank: "Not now Charissa."
Charissa: "No really, two famous movie stars had a wild night in this bed."
Green Music Note pupmaster2.wav Megan: "It never occured to me before that there was a connection between the old puppet master's death and my husband's, but after dinner, it began to make sense."
Green Music Note pupmaster3.wav Megan: "You're dead."
Neil: "Yes, I am."
Green Music Note pupmaster4.wav Neil: "I put a gun in my mouth and blew away my vast knowledge."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clippupmaster1.mpg - 2.2m
This is why you don't go looking for trouble, especially under the bed. Why didn't she just stand up though? Or, even better, climb onto something like oh - the bed?

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