Puppet Master: Series Review


Creator: Charles Band
Starring: Paul Le Matt, Elizabeth Maclellan, Guy Rolfe, Gordon Currie, Chandra West, George Peck, Greg Sestero, Corey Feldman, Levi Feihler, Kip Canyon
Best Film: Puppet Master (1989)
Official Awful Rating: 7.4
Worst Film: Puppet Master: The Legacy
Official Awful Rating: 3.9
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Most Underrated: Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)
Official Awful Rating: 7.3
Best Kill:
Puppet Master II (1990)
Patrick (24:04) Drilled in the forehead by Tunneler.

Rant: Puppet Master was released in 1989 as the first Full Moon production. It's nowhere near as famous of a movie as some other iconic horror films but it's cult fanbase has led it to 11 fucking sequels. That's more than Child's Play, Hellraiser, A Nightmare on Elm Street and even Halloween.


By far the highlight of the entire series for me is David Allen's incredible stop motion effects. There is a reason the first five movies really outshine the final six. The elaborate fight scenes between the puppets and the Totems are very impressive and it's a shame Allen died in 1999. He could have probably made some of later films watchable.

I'm very glad Puppet Master: Axis of Evil and Puppet Master X: Axis Rising are solid awful horror movies. They're by no means perfect but from 1999 to 2004 the Puppet Master movies were fucking rotten. Sure, there is fun stuff in there but at the end of the day we need to get back to basics.
When you look at the insanity that takes place in these movies like living puppets, psychics, nazis, zombies, demons, sorcerers, mummies and going to places like Germany, Egypt and France... it's fucking out of control. I can't think of another horror series that's so diverse in tone and story. I only wish they slayed vampires or went to space. Puppet Master will always be a cult favorite and will hopefully always have sequels as long as Full Moon Features is still around.

Blade
Kills: 6
Appearances: 11
Puppet Master
Puppet Master II
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
Curse of the Puppet Master
Retro Puppet Master
Puppet Master: The Legacy
Puppet Master Vs. Demonic Toys
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising


Pinhead

Kills: 5
Appearances: 11
Puppet Master
Puppet Master II
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
Curse of the Puppet Master
Retro Puppet Master
Puppet Master: The Legacy
Puppet Master Vs. Demonic Toys
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising


Jester

Kills: 1
Appearances: 11
Puppet Master
Puppet Master II
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
Curse of the Puppet Master
Retro Puppet Master
Puppet Master: The Legacy
Puppet Master Vs. Demonic Toys
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising


Tunneler

Kills: 8
Appearances: 10
Puppet Master
Puppet Master II
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
Curse of the Puppet Master
Retro Puppet Master
Puppet Master: The Legacy
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising


Leech Woman

Kills: 7
Appearances: 7

Puppet Master
Puppet Master II
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
Curse of the Puppet Master
Retro Puppet Master
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising


Torch

Kills: 2
Appearances: 2
Puppet Master II
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter


Six Shooter

Kills: 4
Appearances: 8

Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge
Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
Curse of the Puppet Master
Retro Puppet Master
Puppet Master: The Legacy
Puppet Master Vs. Demonic Toys
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising


Decapitron

Kills: 0
Appearances: 2

Puppet Master 4
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter


Tank

Kills: 1
Appearances: 1
Curse of the Puppet Master


Dr. Death

Kills: 0
Appearances: 1

Retro Puppet Master

Drill Sergeant

Kills: 0
Appearances: 1

Retro Puppet Master

Cyclops

Kills: 0
Appearances: 1

Retro Puppet Master

Retro Blade

Kills: 0
Appearances: 1

Retro Puppet Master

Retro Pinhead

Kills: 0
Appearances: 1

Retro Puppet Master

Retro Six-Shooter

Kills: 0
Appearances: 1

Retro Puppet Master


Ninja
Kills: 1
Appearances: 1

Puppet Master: Axis of Evil


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