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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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Puppet Master
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Chadzilla
Halfway decent idea for a movie in search of a script!  Watch people wander around and speak dialog that does nothing but sit inert in the air around them.  Just how did they milk 6 (to date) sequels from this?

Great puppets though.
Puppet Master
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Brad
If you all love puppet master so much, check this out! There are Puppet Master Comic Books! Some are based off the the movies and some are new adventures, plus theres alot of nudity and violence. Just like the movies, the comics are very diffcult to find but getting them off the net is good choice, or a store that does have the comics. They are very well written and intresting. Hope this helps you fans.

P.S My favorite puppet is Tunneler. lol
Puppet Master
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Rock
Pretty darn good movie.

I was especially impressed with Blade.  That guy is nothing but a good time.
Puppet Master
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Farah Ali
This has to be the worst film in the history of filmmaking! I asked my friend who I was watching the film with, after seeing the first puppet, if she was finding this film even the slightest bit scary, or a big joke, she said that it might get better. But to our dismay it only got worse. The puppets in themselves were thought out quite imaginitavely, and had they been put to good use this could have been a classic horror movie. As it turns out it was an extremely, extremely, poor rip-off of Child's Play, with lines being blatantly plagiarised from the Child's Play script in some scenes. It was torture having to sit through this film, and it was only the sheer desperation to see even one good scene that made us sit all the way through it. Its a good job I didn't have to pay to see this masterclass on how not to make a feature film. The mind boggles as to how six sequels were made!!!
Puppet Master
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by billy
I really love the puppet master movies except for the fact that the acting is bad. I love the puppets. I have almost every toy of the puppets except for the blood splatter 6 inch blade with the white coat. If anyone has that or knows where I could find it email me at Guitar Oh and if you want to know my favorite puppet, it's Jester. He's the best. I love Jester
Puppet Master
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jodi Ross
       My little sister and I thought the first movie was the most exciting out of them all. My sister was the one who introduced me to the Puppet Master movies. First time I layed eyes on Lil' Jester, holy s** heart melted!! I've been watching the movies ever since and I could not find an action figure!!:'(  Any1 who reads this please contact me by e-mail on info about the where about to find my baby Jester!(It would be much appreciated:D)

                          Jodi Ross/15/female
Puppet Master
Reply #15. Posted on November 30, 2003, 08:06:33 PM by VA
This my favorite movie...period. I have looked all over for this movie to buy and I finially found it on this site. I love the movie. The puppets are amazing. Blade is my absolute favorite. I would love to know where I could get more puppet master items(toys, posters, etc). I am to say the least obsesed with the movie. I loved watching it on Sci Fi when I was littler but they stopped showing them. Then I used to rent them then DvD came out and the movie stores got rid of them
Puppet Master
Reply #16. Posted on December 26, 2003, 01:17:25 PM by booty talk
I love puppetmaster! its a great movie, good special effects and a overall good plot.Avoid curse of the puppet master at all costs because it sucked and they used scenes from the older puppet master movies.If you are a sane person watch puppet master its a fantasic movie....
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