Curse of the Puppet Master (Part 6) title

Tag line : The Human Experiment!

Curse of the Puppet Master (Part 6)Well it seems that part 5 wasn't to be the final chapter after all, as some 4 years on and someone else has acquired a set of Andre Toulon's living puppets, and are busy using them in their show.

Not sure if these are meant to be the same ones from the hotel in the previous films, or an identical set. However, as the Torch puppet isn't there and somehow the Leech Woman is back with them, who was destroyed in a fire in part 2, I am working on the assumption this is an identical set, but anyways...

Puppeteer Dr Magrew (George Peck) is carrying on the Puppet Master legacy and is trying to discover Andre Toulon's secret of how he brought them to life. Having been impressed by the carving skills of the local simpleton, a young man named Robert (Josh Green), he hires him as an assistant and asks him to carve out a new puppet for him.

Magrew believes that if you put your very soul into your work, you should be able to recreate what Andre Toulon achieved (that should set alarm bells ringing). Anyway, Robert gets to work, completely unphased by the fact that the last assistant disappeared under mysterious circumstances, or the fact that Magrew keeps telling his daughter Jane (who spends most of the film dressed in a Britney Spears style school uniform) that his arrangement with Robert may not be permanent (you can sort of see where this is going).

Anyway, seems Dr Magrew has found his own way of bringing puppets to life, which has nothing to do with magic formulas, and looks more like something from a Frankenstein film and he has something very special planned for Robert, which even the other puppets, who are not beyond wreaking murder and mayhem, may consider going too far.

Produced on a budget that was obviously far lower than the previous movies, producer Charles Band still manages to make this look like it had a lot more money than it actually did and despite this being the 6th film in the series, still manages to entertain. There was an interesting couple of kill scenes, particularly where Magrew sticks the puppets onto a local thug who tried breaking into his house, and young Jane (Emily Harrison) is certainly very easy on the eye.

However, I couldn't help but notice distinct similarities between this and the old 1973 film "Sssssss", about a snake farm owner who turns his assistants into reptiles. Indeed, it seemed like they just substituted snakes for puppets, and just remade it, as there were far too many similarities in the plot, in my opinion, for it to be a coincidence.

That being said though, if you like these sorts of movies, the film is still definitely worth a watch and there's no need to worry if you haven't seen the other films, as this doesn't bring too much baggage from previous movies with it, and can be viewed as a standalone film.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "Four Years Ago, the Puppets of Andre Toulon Vanished Without a Trace. Now The Puppets have Found a New Home, And a New Puppet Master".

  • First film in the series not to feature the character of Andre Toulon.

  • Full Moon pictures had intended to retire the series after part 5, but owing to demand from the video retailers for another Puppet Master film, they decided to make another one.

  • The film's budget was $250,000.

  • The voice of Tommy Berk, who Jane speaks to on the phone at the shipping company, was provided by the films editor J R Bookwalter.

  • To save on costs, they did not use any stop motion animation for the puppets in the film. Instead, they just used a combination of rod and string puppets, as well as footage from the previous movies.

  • First film in the series not to be financed by Paramount Pictures, who distributed the earlier films.

  • The Mr Punch puppet from "Dolls" can be seen in Robert's bedroom, at the foot of his bed.

  • Director David DeCoteau also directed "Puppet Master 3 : Toulon's Revenge", he also directed the next film "Retro Puppet Master" and the 9th "Puppet Master : Axis of Evil".

  • The film makers had wanted to do a series of spin off films entitled "Puppet Wars", which would see the puppets face off against various classic movie monsters. The idea had been shelved since parting ways with distributors Paramount pictures and this was to have been the first of them, in which they travel to Egypt and face off against a Mummy. But financing fell through at the last moment, so the idea was dropped and another Puppet Master sequel was hastily commissioned.

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