Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: David DeCoteau
Starring: George Peck, Emily Harrison, Josh Green
Rated: R/Region: A/Widescreen/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Full Moon Features
Andre Toulon’s puppets have a new master in backwoods scientist, Dr. Magrew. While desperately attempting to duplicate the great Puppet Master’s work, Dr. Magrew convinces a young wood carver to join his team. But when the doctor starts to experiment with humans all hell breaks loose. As captives in Dr. Magrew’s “House of Marvels,” the puppets have watched silently as lives have been destroyed with every failed experiment. Now, the deadly puppets’ hunger for revenge is the only way to stop the legacy of evil.
So wait a minute..what? Where is Myers?? And the Puppets are kinda tweeners here. Mostly good, but they aren’t always doing good things for the whole duration of this movie. I’ve mentioned before that Full Moon had at times made a mess of Puppet Master’s continuation. And this one here not only doesn’t make sense considering how part 5 ended, but it doesn’t say one thing to try to bridge the gap of what has taken place in between. While Full Moon has a habit of just ignoring things like this, as someone who tends to watch franchise films back to back in order to add to the overall enjoyment, just mentioned something about what has become of Myers and why he isn’t here anymore would have been considerate of the filmmakers. The story not only goes an 180 from 4 and 5, but it inserts an odd plot of a twisted new Puppet Master that is trying to make human puppets. It’s awkward a bit and I know that may seem weird coming from a franchise that just had the puppets go from evil to good to fight demons, but this just seemed a little awkward. The story and film don’t flow. The characters aren’t that interesting and the biggest sin of all, the Puppets themselves (Leech Woman is back but Torch is gone again btw) take a backseat to everything and aren’t on screen as much. And top that off with Pinhead (the Puppet Master Pin Head not to confused with Hellraiser’s Pinhead) getting a bit of a love triangle with the Puppet Master’s daughter and the strong “slow” hired help…I kid you not.
There’s a little blood, but not much. There’s a little less logic. Overall what you get doesn’t seem like a Puppet Master movie, but instead comes across as a movie that just so happens to have a few of the Puppets in it. It ends better than it starts but it ends in a very odd way that according to the other Puppet Master films never really gets settled or sorted out. Of course, it’s a prime example of a lot of what you go out of Full Moon during this time frame. Probably not worth seeking out unless you just love Puppet Master or want to complete the series in your collection, which I do and that’s why I am reviewing this disc here. I will say this, while never the strongest entry in the series, the movie looks good in HD here (for the most part anyway) and that is always a plus!
– Director’s Commentary
– Original Video Zone
Quality of Transfer: 88%
Curse of the Puppet Master