Puppet Master

Year: 1989

Director: David Schmoeller

Written by: Joseph G. Collodi

Threat: Dolls

Weapon of Choice: Poker

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       Puppet Master

Rish Outfield's reviews
For those of you who found Child's Play too scary, we bring you . . . LIVING PUPPETS! It's a strange, silly world we live in where an idea as dumb as Puppet Master can spawn half a dozen sequels (and counting). But I see some of its appeal--the dolls are cute and individualized (ready-made for action figures), they're a fun cross between good and evil, there's nudity, and at least William Hickey is in it. All in all, it's a guilty pleasure, at best.
Best Scare: The leech doll. Yuck!
I'd Recommend It To: Well, that depends. It ain't my cup of tea, but it might be yours.

The tyranist's thoughts
Knowing that this is the first in a long line of films, I think it had better be very good. At least good enough to justify a Puppet Master 43: Pinhead's Live-in Love Slave. The truth is that it just wasn't that good. There were no scares and the little puppets weren't that frightening. The coolest puppet(it was oriental in appearance) only had a very short part in the first ten minutes of the movie. A relatively tame movie that tried really hard to make up for its lack of scares with gore. Hmmm . . . sounds familiar.

Owes everything to/rips off earlier film
Sequel setup skull
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex skull
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Toilet stall scene
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Killer is in car with victim
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Blood hits camera
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
No one believes only witness
Blood fountain skull
Poor death effect skull
Excessive gore skull
Music detracts from scene
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes skull
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes skull
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
What the hell?

Total Skulls: 18

Other movies in this series:
Puppet Master II
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
Curse of the Puppet Master
Retro Puppet Master
Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys