Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
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Finally a new direction for the franchise, a new plot line which isn't stuck within the creepy old hotel. Lets not get too carried away here its still exactly what you come to expect from these films.
Its actually a neat little story involving a man who owns a weird carnival freak museum type place and our favourite killer puppets. He is trying to transform living people into puppets/dolls for some reason. He comes across this lonely boy who is great at carving wood (who isn't), hires him, gets him to carve the perfect puppet then tries to transform him into the puppet for some reason...as you do.
So despite some plot holes and no real explanations for his motives the plot is still a fresh departure from the last five films. The killer puppets are still on hand to help the museum owner guy and his new worker from bullies, the law and assist in his project but in the end he upsets them and....well you can guess.
So the puppets are friendly for the most part again in this film, the effects are just more of the same and as you would expect, nothing mind blowing. Not much blood n gore, maybe a touch at the end, some reasonable acting from the cast and a bleak ending which is a nice change.
Overall a better offering and again supersedes the first two films but not quite as fun as the fifth film. Think of this as a 'Twilight Zone' type installment.
Less awful, but still pretty bad, Curse of the Puppet Master is a mess of a film, but compared to future entries, it's not as bad. Still the film is yet another poorly done sequel of which the potential completely wasted on-screen. I don't even know why they filmed a sequel to the alleged final chapter of the series, of which only the first film was good. This is a lazy film with a boring plot, poor acting and poor directing. This film should never have been made in the first place because afterwards, all the sequels in the Puppet Master series took a hefty nose dive and become even worst by each entry. Of the first sequels to be made after the final chapter, this film is pretty poor, but at least isn't as bad as many others that came after it. This film just shows that the series was truly taking a turn for the worst. Although not a bad film compared to others, this sequel still isn't one that I would recommend that you check out. I really hated this one, and it just goes to show that when a series supposedly ends, they'll four other sequels that are made just for the sake of keeping the series going, and it doesn't even matter if the film are good. Well, this series should have ended with the fifth, but never did. An awful film that lacks any style, creativity and a good plot make the Curse of the Puppet Master a horrible film, and a small taste of other even more horrible sequels.
Spare us! The makers threw away the storylines established in the previous films and decided to have the puppets with another master on a ranch setting. The little things give circus-like performances for visitors. The scientist's daughter falls for a dimwitted farm hand, who moves in with them. The puppets create some gorey havoc in the community, and then we're thrown a shockingly unbelievable ending which is given away on the movie posters. Nice, huh? It's a quality production, except for the puppet effect shots, which are re-cycled mostly from previous installments. I wish the makers wouldn't keep throwing out their story continuity with each sequel.
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