Saturday, November 8, 2014

Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994)

Director: Jeff Burr

Starring: Gordon Currie, Chandra West, Ian Ogilvy

Run Time: 1:22

Rant: Where we last left off, the puppets had killed the Totems and the spirit of Andre Toulon told Rick Myers he was the new puppet master. Puppet Master 5 begins with Rick being accused of the murders that took place in the previous movie. He gets out on bail and with the help of Blade goes back to the Bodega Bay Inn to find the remaining puppets. At the same time Sutek, disappointed with his previous Totems, puts his soul into an extra badass Totem and starts killing people on earth. Once again the puppets have to band together to kill this evil force.

This is the first average installment in my opinion. It's not bad but it takes a good 45 minutes to really get started. There are plenty of scenes that just have the puppets interacting with each other and those are very entertaining. The fight scenes between them and the Totem are great as well.

After not being in the previous movie at all, Torch just fucking appears out of nowhere and Rick just knows who he is? What the fuck? Why not film an additional scene where he discovers a new puppet or something? I guess it doesn't matter.

Puppet Master 5 was titled "The Final Chapter" but let's be honest, any time a horror movie has "Final" in the title they're basically telling you there will be a few more. Charles Band actually intended to end the series with this one and move on to a spin-off entitled "Puppet Wars." Sounds like a fun idea but it never happened. This is a solid awful horror movie but the worst of the first five Puppet Master flicks.

Fun Facts: The character of Scott is played by Duane Whitaker. Whitaker has been in a number of awful horror movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn 2, The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's Halloween II and Children of the Corn: Genesis. He also played Maynard in Pulp Fiction.

Puppet Checklist:
Six Shooter

Puppet Master:
Rick Myers

Kill Count:
Jason (42:06) Face shredded and energy absorbed by Sutek's Totem.
Hendy (50:38) Energy absorbed by Sutek's Totem.
Scott (1:08:14) Energy absorbed by Sutek's Totem.
Dr. Jennings (1:11:01) Falls down an elevator shaft.

Horror Film: 6
Entertainment: 7.25
Gore: 4.5
Overall Rating: 5.9