Puppet Master 1989

Puppet Master

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Assailed by nightmarish visions, Alex Whitaker (Paul Le Mat) and his fellow psychics descend on the Bodega Bay Inn. There, they discover that their compatriot Neil (Jimmie F. Scaggs) has apparently committed suicide. But, as the gruesome visions continue, they sense that there's still something sinister afoot. When they find themselves hunted by a band of homicidal marionettes created by twisted puppeteer Andre Toulon (William Hickey), they discover they're right.

Cast & Crew

Paul Le Mat
Alex Whitaker
Irene Miracle
Dana Hadley
Matt Roe
Frank Forrester
Kathryn O'Reilly
Carlissa Stamford
Robin Frates
Megan Gallagher
Jimmie F. Scaggs
Neil Gallagher
William Hickey
Andre Toulon
Barbara Crampton
Woman at Carnival
David Boyd
Man at Carnival
Charles Band
Executive Producer
Richard Band
Original Music
Sergio Salvati
Cinematographer
Thomas Meshelski
Film Editor
Vivian Levy
Casting
John Myhre
Production Design
Anna Rita Raineri
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Critic Reviews for Puppet Master

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Audience Reviews for Puppet Master

  • Nov 28, 2012
    A painfully cheesy horror B-movie that's eighty minutes longer than it should be, Puppet Master has one or two scenes that are vaguely funny for their ridiculousness, but aside from that there is really nothing worth seeing in this disaster of a movie.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2012
    Probably Charles Band's best known film and franchise and probably his most lucrative. I remember seeing these old horror flicks on the top shelves at my local videoshop when I was a kid hehe the covers always looked really evil and intriguing, quite scary. In reality this film is pretty dire to be honest, yes I know its a bit of a classic and cult horror but really...its pretty crappy. The first of Band's films and possibly the beginning of his killer doll obsession and I was surprised how bad it is. Most of his later puppet films are much better looking than this of course but they are also much more spooky than this too. The cast are unknowns (to me) with pretty ropy acting skills, the way these people fall over and pretend to escape the psycho dolls is quite amusing really, but I guess its hard to make it look really threatening. The location isn't particularly scary looking with zero atmosphere and there isn't too much blood n gore either really, what there is you don't see. The only two things going for the film are the cool looking puppets which have always looked good in all the killer doll films made by Band. There is some stop motion animation used throughout but to be fair it looks quite solid, I've seen worse. The other is the lovely kooky circus-like musical score which plays ominously in the background from time to time, a real funhouse of horror's type of tune, very effective. Other than that its pretty poor and not in the least bit scary or sinister. Plot is simply an excuse for a group of people to be killed in a big empty hotel one by one by the puppets, that's all you need to know. I'm sure back in the day it was more eerie and impressive looking than now but I'm still hard pressed to believe any adult would find this scary.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    Technically speaking, the puppets looked great, quite impressive really. However there is nothing scary in this film, the bad acting scared me a lot along with the bad script. It has a promisingly start but didn't continue for the rest of the film. The powers of the psychics could have been developed further but they didn't use those ESPs properly. Overall the film needs to work on the acting, not the technical aspects.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    While when I was a child I wad terrified of the murderous puppets in both this and the subsequent (and inferior) sequels. The film is more like a direct to video B-horror film with terrible production values, barely passable performances, and some cheesy effects. While "Puppet Master" has an intriguing and scary premise, unfortunately the budget and special effects weren't enough to bring the plot to a good enough level. while the puppets themselves are extremely creepy and wield various dangerous objects, you can't help but think if the people weren't idiots and paid attention to their surroundings, they may still be alive. As a horror fan, I grew up with the Puppet Master franchise, but nostalgia can go but so far.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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