Puppets turn good!!..Not that you weren’t rooting for them before or anything.
Puppet Master 4 (1993)
Directed By: Jeff Burr
Ah, Puppet Master. It always amazed me as a kid how many of these movies they were. I recalled them well, but the plots of each seemed to flow into the other. Apparently going by some of the continuation, people over at Full Moon had no clue what was going on either. But thanks to Echo Bridge you can go back and try to make sense of some of these Puppet Master films. And today we shall take a look at Puppet Master 4 where our evil puppets turn good!!..Yay!! But let’s not joke, we were already cheering for them way before now weren’t we?
A young scientist working on an artificial intelligence project is the target of strange gremlin-like creatures, who are out to kill him and thus terminate his research. By coincidence, in one of the rooms he uses, there’s a mysterious case containing the puppets of the “puppet master”. When the puppets are brought to life, they help destroy the creatures. So for once you can actually cheer for the puppets and be morally right! SCORE!!
I like to think this movie came during a time when Full Moon was probably at it’s best. To spite being 1993 the effects here don’t look half bad. I mean sure, some might call them a bit corny here and there but it’s not so bad at all. And even more, I think it actually helps with the overall effect of the film as you watch. Now of course these demon creatures the puppets are fighting sure do look a whole lot like gremlins. It makes me think that in the back of someone’s mind they were creating Puppet Master vs. Gremlins with this. But of course, there’s a different origin and all that so it’s just Gremlins by the look not in anything else…It’s still kinda cool.
Things don’t waste much time getting started and I was questioning early the way the film was heading when they killed off a seemingly effective character right off the bat in favor for a typical 90’s guy in the lead. But then again, it WAS the 90’s and things oddly settle in nicely. Plus our 90’s “dude” (named Rick Myers who is a boy genius btw) does just so happen to have a girlfriend played by, Chandra West. So see there? If you give it time things seem to work out in a way that works out best. And of course you’re just here for the puppets anyway and you get most your favorites. I say most because I have no clue wear Leech Woman and Torch are. And Torch even made the cover…What’s up with that??
Also want to add to the list of things I liked about this movie being the run-time. It doesn’t stay around too long to wear out it’s welcome. Now this is good in the fact that it isn’t too long, but you do sorta get the idea that things end rather abruptly. Taking into consideration that this one and part five were intended to be one whole movie that kinda makes sense. It’s good that something makes sense, considering the mess that the continuation in this franchise is. So, it’s a little light on the gore but the idea was different at the time. Not mind numbingly good stuff, but pretty good for what it is. And one of the better Full Moon films of it’s time.
On of the better entries into the Puppet Master franchise and one of the better Full Moon films I’ve seen recently. So if you like either of those, you should like this. Echo Bridge is your home sweet home for THIS and other Full Moon titles. Also, you can pick up 4,5, and 6 together as well as 1,2, and 3 in cool sets.
The Rating (6.5/10)