Puppet Master 4

Year: 1993

Director: Jeff Burr

Written by: Todd Henschell, Steven E. Carr, Jo Duffy, Doug Aarniokoski, Keith Ryan

Threat: Demon

Weapon of Choice: Electricity

Based upon: Original

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Puppet Master 4

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

The tyranist's thoughts
Just the thought that someone out there finds puppets scary is sort of amusing. Knowing that there are seven entries in this series is downright funny. Still, this is the franchise that started Full Moon and you can't blame them for trying. It doesn't turn out that bad.
Filmed at the same time as Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (which, of course, it wasn't--the final chapter I mean), the film is actually surprisingly cohesive. A research group is dangerously close to cracking the secret of artificial intelligence when they start dying off one by one. Flash forward to a reclusive hotel (yes, it's the same one) where a brilliant young man assigned to the research team is caretaking for the winter so that he can be isolated. On this particular night, however, he seems to be hosting a party. Well, the bad guys show up and people start to die. Okay, one of them. There's some blood and wounding going on though. Eventually the spirit/ghost/apparition/hallucination of Toulon returns and passes on the secrets to our young scientist.
Not really a horror classic, but I think I actually had more fun with this one than the first entry in the series. It's different though. The first entry was much bloodier and more of a slasher, here we've degenerated to the level of that damn little Zuni Fetish doll in the Trilogies of Terror. But better. Way better. This has everything over the fetish doll.
Check it out. This is a fun series and you know that you can count on Full Moon. On the rare occasions that they've let me down, I've told you about it. This is not one of those times.

Total Skulls: 15

Sequel skull
Sequel setup skull
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skull
Power is cut skullskull
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene
Car stalls or won't start skull
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
Hallucination/Vision skull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later
Flashback sequence
Dark and stormy night skullskull
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim skull
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell?