The Horror Asylum

Sign Up   Forgot Password? 
11,710 horror articles & features | 6,992 horror movies | 1,590 horror reviews | 1,683 giveaways hosted | 228 delicious interviews Established in 2001  
The Horror Asylum
  Horror News   Reviews   Giveaways   Interviews
Movies | TV | DVDs | Books | Games Movies | DVD | Books | Games Just Added | Ending Soon Just Added | Archives
Home About Enquiries Submissions Advertising Premium Feeds Cookies


Robin Hood Film Review Jeschke Reveals New Horror Short 'It Happened on Orchard Street' Maria The Wanted and the Legacy of The Keepers Unleashed The First Trailer for Occurrence at Mills Creek Unveiled
Top 5 Horror Games Betsy Lynn George Returns for Don Swanson's 'Occurrence at Mills Creek' REVIEW: Thomas Crane's HALLOWEEN PARTY CryptTV's Sunny Family Cult Season 3 Now Available

WIN Sci-Fi Thriller OCCUPATION on Blu-ray
WIN Sci-Fi Thriller OCCUPATION on Blu-ray
Hideo Nakata’s Classic RING Giveaway
Hideo Nakata’s Classic RING Giveaway
WIN a PIERCING Quad Poster
WIN a PIERCING Quad Poster

Puppet Master
Buy from Buy from

Puppet Master (1989)

movie | Movie Details
Images, Posters, News
| Comments
Have your say

Plot Summary:
"Neil Gallagher found the secret to Toulon's puppets who come to life and then killed himself. Alex and his psychic friends come to investigate and are stalked by Toulon's puppets who have a variety of strange traits including a drill for a head and the ability to spit up leeches."

Review by
Steven Davies
Follow me:
Review Date: 08 June 2004 My Rating: out of 5


'A box of little toys has just become a gang of little terrors. This is not child's play...', well according to the tagline it's not. But has obvious influences from the success of the original 'Child's Play' been any kind of a factor here?

So what is going on? Aging puppet maker Andre Toulon shoots himself at the Bodega Bay Inn before his Secret of Life can be stolen by the Nazis. Skip to 50 years later and the secret has been discovered by psychic Neil Gallagher. But as his psychic friends arrive to visit Neil they discover that he his dead, well kind of. And as the night goes on, the murderous puppets are awakened and unleashed on the unsuspecting group. Well, I say unsuspecting but they're supposed to be psychics aren't they!!!?

From the trailer 'Puppet Master' looks to all intents and purposes creepy, unsettling and fairly original - to an extent. In particular the puppet character Blade has that sinister look about him. Unfortunately this dark edge was completely obliterated for myself within the opening sequence. As we have this potentially disturbing little being scurrying around peoples feet with the audience being treated to Blade's point of view. But the comically childlike mumblings and screams heard off screen didn't leave me with much hope from thereon in. And how nobody could spot him was beyond me.

So do any of the other puppet characters (and lets face it, that's what we're watching it for) have anything more to offer? There's the Tunneller a slanty-eyed guy a drill bit head top. There's Pinhead, the guy with the incredibly small head but unnaturally sized flapping goalkeeper hands. Oh yeah and let's not forget the vomiting leech woman, yeah that's right, vomits leeches.

In spite of the commonly placed Present Day caption shown near the beginning of the movie (a particular gripe of mine) we are then thrown into a world of shocking outfits, unstylish decor and regrettable haircuts, it could only be those fantastic 80's. But geez, the music. What's up with that cheese-on-toast music?

Puppet Master looks cheap and nasty and mostly is. It does offer the occasional and intelligent use of slow motion and other such interesting camera movement. But the hint of predictability and oddness, the ear-assaulting music, and Paul Le Mat's hair simply disappoints. Redemption then? Well its saving grace must surely be its potential. It may not have lived up to standards in 1989 but in this day and age where horror can be sequelised, prequelised, reinvented or reimagined maybe the word remake is stamped over this like a bad smell.

Blood and Guts: Comments


Not Registered?
Sign up for FREE >>

There are currently no comments.
Why not have your say!?

Don't fall behind, make sure you get help
writing college papers fast.


Get Out Movie Review

Get Out

Cellar Dweller Movie Review

Cellar Dweller

Pyewacket Movie Review


Quiet Place, A Movie Review

Quiet Place, A

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch

Dont Breathe Movie Review

Dont Breathe

All Through The House Movie Review

All Through The House

Ghoulies Movie Review


Night of Fear Movie Review

Night of Fear

Happy Death Day Movie Review

Happy Death Day

The Ritual Movie Review

The Ritual

Mercy Christmas Movie Review

Mercy Christmas

The Unraveling Movie Review

The Unraveling

The Witch Movie Review

The Witch

The Other Side of the Door Movie Review

The Other Side of the Door


WIN Sci-Fi Thriller OCCUPATION on Blu-ray Hideo Nakata’s Classic RING Giveaway
Now you can Watch your favorite Horror Movies using the Official ShowBox App


An Interview with Doug Hawley
Doug Hawley