"Puppet Master" is one of my all time favorite film series ever without a doubt. In fact it could be my favorite, right up there with "Hellraiser" and "The Evil Dead". I remember not even knowing about this film when it first came out and was completely surprised when I happened upon it at the video store. I grabbed it and checked it out that night. Of course I went to the mall that weekend and bought it since I had to have it. Eventually like all of them I grabbed the DVD as well since I had the VHS at first only.
The story follows a young man that goes by Tank who has a great talent for wood carving. He is approached one day by a man named Dr. Magrew and his daughter Jane. They step in on his behalf when he is being picked on by some local bullies and then notice a piece of wood he was working on. Magrew quickly offers him a job at his museum to carve for him. Things go well and he strikes up a romance with Jane who introduces him to the Puppets that her father now has. Of course things are not as they seem and there may be more to Dr. Magrew than anyone including his daughter think.
Now this came out years after the 5th film which was supposed to be the final film in the series. Even still it is the final Puppet Master film to have that old school Full Moon feel to it. Now that does not mean it is as good as the others. In fact it falls short of those original ones but it may still be the best of the sequels since then. Now it is obvious that the puppets are not used like they were before with the stop motion stuff. With that said that did not stop me from liking this flick, there was just something else I can't put my finger on that brings it down in the ratings for me.
It could be the ending that just seems kinda, eh, but I get what they were going for. Writer Benjamin Carr came up with an interesting storyline for this installment but it wasn't executed to its full potential. Maybe that's on director David DeCoteau who has done some great films [including the best film in the franchise if you ask most "Puppet Master 3"] but like I said it is not a horrible flick. That saving grace may be the acting here. George Peck is excellent as Dr. Magrew and may be the MVP of the production; he does not get enough work in my opinion. Emily Harrison who plays his daughter is great here as well and plays the girl next door type perfectly. Josh Green plays young Tank and plays him kinda weird and quirky but still friendly. Those performances plus the supporting players did a great job.
This was a fun addition to the series that does not live up to its predecessors but is better than the things that followed. Well at least as far as I remember I might have to re-watch all of them again. But I do recommend this flick to any fan of the puppets or Full Moon. Good for a rainy day or something, I just wish this would have had a commentary on it.
This was a fun addition to the series that does not live up to its predecessors but is better than the things that followed. Well at least as far as I remember I might have to re-watch all of them again. But I do recommend this flick to any fan of the puppets or Full Moon. Good for a rainy day or something
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