Puppet Master 5 (1993) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jeff Burr
Starring: Gordon Currie, Chandra West, Ian Ogilvy
Rated: R/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Full Moon Entertainment
Toulon’s secret continues…The fifth exciting entry in the Puppet Master franchise. In the darkened Bodega Bay Inn, the greedy Dr Jennings has come to pilfer Blade, Six-Shooter, Jester, Pin-Head, Torch, Tunneler, and Decapitron to discover the source of their animation. Hoping to get rich quick, he plans to sell their secrets as implements of war. Sutec, the dark pharaoh from another dimension, has sent his own puppet, Totem, to continue his quest to kill Puppet Master Rick and steal the magic which animates the puppets. Caught between the two foes, the half-pint heroes must revive Decapitron and preserve the magic formula which gives them life with the life of the Puppet Master hanging on a string!
let’s not get all settled down after seeing Puppet Master 4 just yet (Considering you’ve watched 4 before this). So now we slide on into, Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (The subtitle seems to be removed from the Blu-ray cover). The other half of part 4 that was originally intended to go along with this as one long movie. And also the intended last film in the very popular Full Moon Entertainment franchise. Part 4 was way more entertaining than it had any right to be, can they now keep it up with part 5? Well, I gotta tell ya the suspense is killing me. The puppets battle their most powerful enemy yet as they protect the new puppet master from the demon God that created the Secret of Life. Ah ha! So see there? That’s why it ended abruptly in part 4! That and because this and part 4 were intended to be one long movie.Which I’ve probably already mentioned. But that’s OK if I repeat myself since Full Moon repeats themselves a time or two in their own films. But for what it’s worth, at least they are continuing a story that was kinda cool this time around, right? So we are picking right back up almost directly after our last film and don’t worry if you missed that one we have around a ten-minute recap to kick things off! But regardless Myers is in jail and apparently they have blamed all those deaths from part 4 on him and his Puppets. His girlfriend is trying to bail him out, their medium friend is in a coma, and his boss is trying to steal his puppets! Oh, and did I mention the demons are back and Clu Gulager has a very small role? What’s not to get excited about!!..Well, it does kinda drag a bit which brings it down. Had it been cut down and added in with 4 I think it would have been a lot better. As a stand alone film, 5 just seems to have trouble getting things rolling.
For you big fans of these Puppets, you may be happy to know that Torch is back! No word on where he was last time, so we’ll just say they had forgotten to take him out of the trunk or something. Still, no idea where Leech Woman is, but I guess it’s a little harder to remember each of your puppets when you make as many rushed movies as Full Moon seemed to make back in the 90’s. Still, we get our demons who prove to be a little more worthy of a foe, this time, around for the Puppets. The humans just can’t seem to stand up to the darn things, but the Puppets are seemingly still in kick-ass mode even with THE main demon being here this time around. So, I guess one could say things get a little anti-dramatic at times. There’s also a little too much cat and mouse in this movie. Myers’ boss is leading a group of dummies into the old Puppet place to steal them and a lot of the movie is them walking around trying to find them. I think overall there’s nothing really terrible about this movie, but it needed a better pace and more of the cool effects like we got in part 4. When the smoke clears here it’s pretty satisfying or at least I found myself content with the outcome. This was intended to be the last Puppet Master film and thinking back now, perhaps it should have been. All in all, with this one it is probably best viewed back to back with 4 in my personal opinion. It seems like part 5 just doesn’t hold up too well on its own merit. But when seen back to back with part 4, it makes things a little better. If you liked how part 4 looked on Blu-ray you will be luck as this one seems to look just like that one did.
– Video Zone
– Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Burr and Special Guest Chris Endicott
– One Hand on the Lens, One Hand Up the Puppets: The Making of Puppet Master 4 & 5
– Puppet Master 4 & 5 Archives
Quality of Transfer: 94%