Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge Reviews
September 9, 2014
It's like the director of this read my reviews of the first two movies and knew exactly what changes to make. Taking it back to 1941 Germany, this is an origins story for Toulon (Guy Rolfe), and how he was hunted by the Nazis for the elixir that brings his puppets to life. This is a big step up from the first two movies, and it is because there is an actual story featured here. The previous films consist of wandering around a hotel until the majority of the cast gets killed by puppets at the end, while here, you actually have plot development and characters that move the story along. Also, as we have all learned from Indiana Jones, Nazis make for better villains, and this movie has a full blown case of the Nazis. Unlike most prequels, the backstory of Toulon and how all these puppets came to be is way more interesting than any of the previous stories. The only confusing bit is the title itself (minor spoilers for Puppet Master II, I guess (like you care)); given the way that the second movie ends and the way this movie is titled, you would think that this would be a sequel instead of a prequel, as you assume that Toulon would be seeking vengeance on the puppets that wronged him in the second movie. I wholly believe that the only reason why they titled the movie the way that they did is because the word "revenge" sounds cool; there is light retaliation at the very most. All of the stuff that works in the first movie is present, and this featured the return of the lady leech puppet which still tickles my gag reflex whenever she's shown doing her thing. Although there is a noticeable lull between the second and third acts, so much about this gels together better than anything this series has brought to the table, and that is all because there is so much less filler than there was previously. One thing that I couldn't determine was if the breathy sound effects the puppets are continuously making were creepy or funny, so while I didn't know what to make out of them, they definitely kept me engaged. Puppet Master III is one of those rare instances where the third movie is significantly better than the first two... of course, being the best Puppet Master may be the equivalent to being the tallest midget, but that is neither here nor there.
September 9, 2014
Surpasses the Original with a better script and actors that can actually act!
August 26, 2014
Best of the Puppet Master movies Highly recommended
January 14, 2014
A great improvement from the boring number 2
February 16, 2014
Probably the best in the series (of the five I have seen anyway), this film takes us back to the origin of Toulon's puppets during the Nazi occupation of Europe. A dark revenge fantasy, Toulon's Revenge turns the puppets into the "good guys" or at least antiheroes who help Toulon exact revenge on the Nazis who killed his wife. More intelligent and heartfelt than the other films (and really than anything else Full Moon has ever released) Puppet Master III is a must-watch for cult horror fans even if you never watch the other films.
August 1, 2012
Though it is inaccurate with the timeline and the acting is no better. It still proves better then the first two and has more action involved. Plus the new plot where the puppets are good seem to make it more fun for the audience when the puppets go on a killing spree.
September 29, 2013
For the third time I went into a Puppet Master movie thinking this could be an interesting concept for a movie and for the third time I was disappointed. This movie perhaps is a little better than the first two in that it really focuses on the "scientific" origin of the puppets' powers. Set it Nazi Germany, that only should add to the evil feeling of the movie, but for me it never takes off. I believe this time setting is somewhat off in the chronology of the previous film, but frankly this movie can't be taken seriously enough to care.The one commendable part of the movie goes to Richard Band for composing the creepy carnival like theme song. I can't figure out why these movies don't do it for me. Maybe it's because the puppets don't talk? I find the wisecracking slasher villain is more entertaining. Freddy Krueger is more fun to watch (in his later movies anyway) than Jason and Mike Meyers who silently maim their victims. If you want a slasher film with a puppet that comes to life and kills people go with the Child's Play movies. There again, Chucky is quite the comedian. For now I guess I'll let some time go by, and go into "Puppet Master 4" (1993) with similar hopes of improvement. I'm a completionist and there are a lot of these films. It's going to be a long road.
September 6, 2013
Best in the series without competition. You've got killer puppets pitting off against asshole nazis in a battle of not good vs bad, but bad vs worse. Plus, its gory with a signficiant bodycount and a healthy budget. I recommend watching this one with a group of friends because it is such a fun and sickly enjoyable little crowd pleaser. We're talk'n the ultimate revenge tale that never gets bogged down by story or logic. Nevermind the ambitiously vibrant setting of Nazi occupied Paris circa WW2. Granted I'm not a history buff, but I am a horror buff, and let's just say that there are more than enough casualties in this war to satisfy even the hungriest of gore hounds.
June 24, 2013
A bland movie. the most annoying part of the franchise is how they constantly seem to re-write the history of Andre Toulon, never more so than in this movie that is set in Nazi Germany. But my biggest complaint about this movie is the origin story of Blade, it makes no sense, Toulon is going to turn a hated enemy into a puppet after confessing in the movie that he only makes his friends into immortal puppets, that makes no sense and then when that falls apart he turns a surprising ally he had known for less than a day into his most recognizable puppet.
July 7, 2007
These films were so stupid. I'd love to see them again with the right audience.
March 7, 2013
Torch was my favorite puppet.
January 22, 2013
By far the BEST film in the series. Guy Rolfe does a great job as Andre Toulon and the puppets are just as enjoyable as they were before. Plus, it's interesting to see the origins of Leech Woman and Blade.
January 13, 2013
The whole series is fun but this one just blows all the others out of the water. Great movie.
November 15, 2012
An improvement over 1 and 2, but still just quite average.
October 22, 2012
This is a great prequel to the original film, and by far, the most polished entry of the series. It's still wacky and nonsensical, but the puppets are awesome, the story is interesting, the kills are awesome, and it still has some humor to go around. If you like cheesy horror films, you'll have fun with this one.
October 15, 2012
The best any series of killer toys/dolls/puppets. Sure the continuity of it is pretty bad, but the story, acting, and direction is well done for its budget. The puppets in this one are just as interesting, I mean come on a cowboy with six arms and a gun for each hand is just awesome and the fact that he can climb walls is brilliant. The stop-motion is always fun to look at. Toulon takes on some truly evil Nazis and gets revenge, so you actually feel for the characters this time around instead of the puppets. Check it out for an entertaining movie about killer puppets.
July 9, 2012
By far the best of the series, Guy Rolfe adds a believable interaction with his creations to elevate the seriesbeyond its mediocre predecessors.
July 9, 2012
In my opinion the best entry in the series. Guy Rolfe is fantastic and six shooter is a great addition to the puppets.
July 5, 2012
Third film and this time the puppets are up against the Nazi's as we go back into the past in what appears to be a prequel. There is one big problem though and that's the fact Mr Band has screwed up the franchises continuity already by setting this film in 1941 when 'Toulon' died in 1939 according to the original film, oh dear.
OK so we over look that little itchy problem and focus on the film. To be fair this film is much more enjoyable than the first two, we watch and learn how the puppets assist 'Toulon', how and why he creates his 'Leech Woman' puppet and we see what happens to his wife...ergo a prequel.
Again there isn't much blood n gore on show for a horror film but the puppets are quite active in this one which is good plus we get introduced to 'Six Shooter' who is by far one of the better puppets. 'Six Shooter' kills one Nazi trooper with his quick draw six shot fire and it actually looks pretty cool, some well done squib effects there.
Band also reuses some cast from his early films, as he always does, Richard Lynch of 'Trancers II' for this film.
Like the other two films you don't expect decent effects or acting or horror really but the quirky stop motion dolls accompanied by the ever present haunting score all add to the charm. This film also benefits from some reasonable production by the looks of things, a step up the ladder for location and atmosphere.