Retro Puppet Master

Year: 1999

Director: Joseph Tennent

Written by: Benjamin Carr

Threat: Undead

Weapon of Choice: Puppets

Based upon: nothing

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Retro Puppet Master

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

The tyranist's thoughts
When any horror series gets up to seven entries it becomes difficult not to roll my eyes when I see the lastest entry. But I watch them anyway. I suffer so that you don't have to.
So young Andre Toulon has dreams of entertaining the masses with puppets that would make the average child shriek (hmm, sounds like a young Charles Band doesn't it). Well, along comes an ancient sorcerer who happens to have the secret of life. Animate some puppets to fight the mummies that are chasing you and there you go.
I remember enjoying Puppet Master at least a little. At least, the puppets were evil back then, but here they've clearly become the heroes of the story and frankly it was pretty pathetic. About the only good thing in this movie is Brigitta Dau and even she isn't on screen much.
Unless you really like the puppets, there probably isn't much in this one for you. I found it to be sub-par and suited more for a Saturday morning kiddie horror show than anything else. I guess that's what I get for watching a PG-13 movie about dolls.

Total Skulls: 14

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 skull
Bad premise skull
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
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
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Warning goes unheeded
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
x years before/later skull
Flashback sequence skullskull
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood spatters - camera, wall, etc.
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skullskull