Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where no one can hide their past no matter how obscure. Today, we’re enjoying the seventh film in the Puppet Master Franchise, 1999’s Retro Puppet Master!
What’s The Plot?
A young French puppeteer named Andre Toulon is schooled in the arts of magic by a 3,000 year old Egyptian sorcerer. He uses his magic to bring his beloved puppets to life, and they help him defeat resurrected mummies that serve an evil elder god. Credit where it’s due, that’s outside the box.
Who Made This Beautiful Garbage?
Full Moon Pictures, purveyors of direct-to-video schlock since 1989. They have produced ten films in the Puppet Master franchise, which places it right up there with Friday The 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street in terms of movies released – surpassing Nightmare, if you include the crossover with Demonic Toys (Full Moon’s other murderous toy franchise).
However, that’s less important than the “star” of the flick: Greg Sestero, who is most (read: only) famous for playing Mark in The Room. Had it not been for his memoir The Disaster Artist, I’d never have known I had his other major film role in my collection.
Five Reasons to See It
- Toulon’s puppet show, Theatre Magique, is the pretentious musings of the damned in hell about the nature of fate. That’s just so…incredibly French.
- Afzel, the Egyptian wizard, teaches Toulon how to give life to inanimate objects because…he’s the first dude Afzel sees when he wakes up.
- Sound design and dubbing on par with Birdemic & The Room!
- This movie reveals Toulon’s puppets to be inhabited by the souls of his murdered friends, which is actually a really cool origin story for murder puppets.
- “It’s late, you see, and I am very busy.” – begging off a love interest by claiming to be very busy, Sestero’s version of Will Smith’s “Aw hell naw” or Jeff Goldblum’s “Faster, must go faster”.
Let’s be real, the only reason you’d see out Puppet Master 7 is if A) You’re trying to watch the whole Puppet Master series, in which case good luck or B) You want to be able to say you’ve seen all of Greg Sestero’s starring turns. Either way, the movie’s not offensively bad. Nor is it humorously bad. And it’s a lot better than movies by the modern DTV schlock powerhouse The Asylum. It’s simply comparable to the syndicated original TV movies of the 90’s, with all that the comparison implies.
NEXT WEEK: Leprechaun in the Hood! ‘Nuff Said!