Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Charles Band
Starring: C. Courtney Joyner, David Schmoeller
Rated: R/Region: A/Widescreen/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Full Moon Features
In what could only be described as Full Moon’s way ( to spite actually being released at the time under the Shadow Films title) of trying to make entire of cannon of The Puppet Master series add up and make sense, Peter Hertz (apparently the new Puppet Master) tells a woman the past stories about the puppets, but she secretly wants to kill them. The movie shows flashback after flashback of the movies that came before this ties up some loose ends, and seems like more of a love letter to people who loved and worked on Puppet Master films than an actual film.
“The Legacy” isn’t much of a film on its own, it only has 30 minutes of new footage. Most of the film is actually old footage from all the previous movies. So you get more a compilation than a movie, so that might rub a lot of you the wrong way if you own or have seen all the other films. Word is, this was only made to help get money to fund Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, but thankfully this wouldn’t end up being the last of the original series. But what you do get here is a very attractive assassin trying to strong arm a new puppet master and it just leads to story after story, which we’ve already seen before.
While trying like hell to make this whole franchise make sense from a storyline standpoint, there are some things this movie can’t even address or fix. Like for instance where does Torch keep disappearing to? How did Leach Woman come back after she was destroyed? And the whole mess with Six Shooter. Also in a bit of a mind-trip, it makes like Puppet Master 2 was actually the last film to take place in the complete order and attempt to organize the darn thing. So, in trying to fix things it makes things worse in some spots. And still, you only get 30 minutes of new footage…How can anyone take that too seriously? The only real reason to own this is to complete your Puppet Master Blu-ray collection or to see the “No Strings Attached” feature on the extras.
– No Strings Attached Featurette
Quality of Transfer: 78%
Puppet Master: The Legacy