Monday, November 3, 2014

Puppet Master II (1990)

Director: David Allen

Starring: Elizabeth Maclellan, Collin Bernsen, Steve Welles

Run Time: 1:28

Rant: In the last movie Neil Gallagher had found Andre Toulon's secret serum that gave inanimate objects life. He even used it on himself to become immortal. But he wasn't immortal. He turned on the puppets and in doing so the puppets turned on him and killed him. Now what are they supposed to do? They have no master. Why not just resurrect Andre Toulon? How the fuck could that hurt?

So we're back at the Bodega Bay Inn and instead of psychics, this time we have a cast of paranormal investigators. Apparently Neil Gallagher's wife Megan, who survived the first movie, had her brains sucked out of her nose. These guys are gonna find out what the fuck is going on. Eventually the recently resurrected Andre Toulon shows up dressed like the Invisible Man and starts fucking with them.

Torch is introduced in this movie. He has bullets for teeth and a cannon for a hand that shoots fire. For some reason this puppet has always bored me. I don't know why but it just seems like nothing about him is interesting.

The puppets are in this one a lot more than the first and they do more. The effects are much better but the story is kind of boring. Almost a re-hash of the original but without the fun psychic element. I still don't understand how Andre Toulon went from a nice old man in the original to a devilish villain in the sequel. Nevertheless this is a decent awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: Director David Allen was considered one of the top stop-motion special effects guys before he died in 1999. Not only did he do stop-motion effects for the first five Puppet Master films, but also The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Dolls, Ghostbusters II, Bride of Re-Animator and plenty of others.

Puppet Checklist:
Leech Woman

Puppet Master:
Zombie Andre Toulon

Kill Count:
Camille (20:36) Killed off-screen by Pinhead.
Patrick (24:04) Drilled in the forehead by Tunneler.
Matthew (32:25) Stabbed in the head by Leech Woman.
Martha (36:06) Set on fire by Torch.
Young Boy (50:13) Burned off-screen by Torch.
Lance (1:04:15) Throat cut by Blade.
Wanda (1:04:26) Slashed to death by Blade.

Horror Movie: 6
Entertainment: 7.25
Gore: 6.5
Overall Rating: 6.4