HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH

Starring

Thomas Lennon (Santa Clarita Diet)
Jenny Pellicer (State of Affairs)
Nelson Franklin (New Girl)
Charlyne Yi (This is 40)
Michael Paré (Gone)
Barbara Crampton (You’re Next)
Udo Kier (Blade)
Alex Beh (Sugar)
Matthias Hues (Maximum Impact)
Skeeta Jenkins (Mismanged)

Needing some more income, a recently-divorced man decides to bring his relatives’ antique dolls to a memorabilia exhibit only to realize the dolls in his possession are involved in decades-old murders and that evil forces will stop at nothing to get their hands on the deadly creatures.Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)This was such an exciting and enjoyable effort in the franchise. Among the many entertaining aspects found here is the fact that this one adds such a dark and brutal addition to the series. From the very beginning, with the puppets being shown to be an active presence in some rather frenzied action, it gets this started on a rather brutal tone which is only enhanced by the rest of the actions shown here.Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)The tour at the exhibit museum that recounts the history of the puppets and their master which adds a different legacy and history to the franchise than usually featured which all comes as a nice element here. That also goes to include the look and activities of the dolls themselves, which is incredibly worthwhile. The dolls are redesigned to look somewhat darker and more brutal than in the past but still retain quite familiar features so that we can tell who’s who in here, an element that adds considerably to the serious tone of the film as a whole.Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)Likewise, the viciousness of their attacks is also a standout as the gore here is incredibly well-done. From having their scalp ripped off their head to being sliced by the flying toy across the neck to be decapitated, having an infant ripped out of a pregnant woman’s belly from the inside out and being repeatedly stabbed beyond recognition by the dolls in short, quick, brutal strikes, the rampages they carry out in the various attacks throughout the hotel which are done practically and manages to create such an impressive amount of crazy action during these attacks that it’s fun to watch. Along with a fine series of battles in the darkened hotel for the finale and some fine nudity along the way, these manage to give this a lot of incredibly impressive elements over its flaws.Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)About the only real issue here is the minor changes to be found in the storyline. Even though this is allowed to change the storyline around, the way it does so is rather disheartening by letting the nominal hero of the story become the new villain of the piece. There’s little reason why that even occurs here since there’s such a weak motivation to get him involved in the action once it gets going that it’s even more pronounced with it’s weaker rationale. That in turns also comes into play with the abrupt finale that purposefully sets up a sequel but seems like a cop-out on the stand-alone basis. Still, these are nowhere near that detrimental and don’t hold this back all that much at all.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: PUPPET MASTER: AXIS TERMINATION

Starring

George Appleby (Game of Thrones)
Tonya Kay (D-Railed)
Kevin Scott Allen (In Full Bloom)
Tania Fox (Art of The Dead)
Alynxia America (Lacee Uncut)
Kirsten Ostrenga (Daisy)
Daniele Romer (Foxtrap)
Kyle Devero (Kayla)
Allen Perada (The Other Side)
Jean Louise O’Sullivan (Slashening 2)
Kip Canyon (Badass Showdown)

PuppetMasterTitlePuppet Master: Axis Termination is the eleventh installment in Full Moon Features’ direct-to-video Puppet Master franchise (Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys is non-Cannon), which launched in 1989. It also marks the conclusion of the World War II-set Axis trilogy, following 2010’s Puppet Master: Axis of Evil and 2012’s Puppet Master X: Axis Rising. Full Moon head Charles Band – who has single-handedly kept the series alive by producing every entry and directing several, including Axis Rising – is back in the director’s chair.14105947_gal-pngThe film finds Army Captain Brooks (Paul Logan, Mega Piranha) joining forces with a unique team of people with psychic powers in order to foil the Nazis. Dr. Ivan Ivanov (George Appleby) is a Russian dwarf who can project emotions; his daughter, Elisa Ivanov (Tania Fox), has clairvoyant abilities when she dreams; and Georgina Vale (Alynxia America) specializes in sex magic. The allies also have secret weapons in Andre Toulon’s old trunk of killer puppets, which contains Blade, Jester, Pinhead, Tunneler, Leech Woman, and Six Shooter.44779_xlMeanwhile, the Axis has a special unit dedicated to investigating magic, led by Sturmbahnfurher Krabke (Kevin Scott Allen) and Doktor Gerde Ernst (Tonya Kay, Evil Bong 666). The evildoers have already found success with puppets of their own – machine gun-breasted Bombshell, Nazi werewolf Weremacht, and robo-tank Blitzkreig – claiming several American lives in the process. Even for a long-running series about killer puppets, writer Roger Barron’s (Trophy Heads) decision to introduce magic to the plot is a curious one. A glowing, green serum gives the puppets life, paying homage to Re-Animator (which was produced by Band), while one of the Nazis (Lilou Vos) administers it via syringes in place of her fingers; a nod to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. David DeCoteau, who directed several Puppet Master films, makes a cameo as “Flamboyant Nazi #1.” Several other Nazi extras are played by fans who purchased roles via the film’s crowdfunding campaign.The_Puppets-590x330Pulling off a period piece on a low budget is no easy feat, and Axis Termination struggles with such limitations throughout its 75-minute runtime. The acting is over the top across the board, wrought with inconsistent accents. Thankfully, director of photography Howard Wexler’s (The Brotherhood, Trophy Heads) colorful, giallo-inspired lighting, coupled with the score by Richard Band (Puppet Master, Re-Animator), help to distract from the otherwise-lacking production value. The puppets are a bit more active than in the previous couple of movies, courtesy of Tom Devlin (Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead) and his 1313FX. Band attempts to further combat complaints that the puppets were barely animated in latter entries by shooting actors in puppet costumes against a green screen and then inserting them into the frame. It nearly works in quick shots, but it’s jarring in others. Axis Termination also offers more action and bloodshed than the average Puppet Master movie, although there’s some cartoony digital blood.44779_xl (1)Despite being established as a trilogy within the larger franchise, there’s not much of a through-line in the three Axis films, all of which were penned by different writers. Other than Kip Canyon and Jean Louise O’Sullivan – the leads from the previous film who briefly reprise their roles as Danny and Beth, respectively – all of Axis Termination’s human characters, both protagonists and antagonists, are new to the universe. But I suppose no one is watching the eleventh Puppet Master movie for nuanced character arcs. Puppet Master: Axis Termination proves that the cult classic series still has some vitality left, even on a shoestring budget, so long as it’s not rushed. With the Axis saga closed, it will be interesting to see where Band and company take the franchise next. A (slightly) higher-budgeted reboot, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, is currently in post-production, which Band allegedly allowed only under the agreement that he could continue his series as well. Yes, we will soon be blessed with two concurrent Puppet Master franchises. What a time to be alive.

 

REVIEW: PUPPET MASTER X: AXIS RISING

 

CAST

Kip Canyon (Bermuida Triangle)
Jean Louise O’Sullivan (Gingerdead man 3)
Otto Brezina (Dissociative0
Brad Potts (Intersection)
Kurt Sinclair (Minority Report)
Stephanie Sanditz (Kate & Leopold)

9e916-puppetmasterx3Ozu, the villain from the previous film, walks down a dark alley only to be stopped by Kommandant Moebius, the Nazi general. Ozu offers him the puppet Tunneler, in exchange for her freedom. Moebius gladly takes the prize, which immediately kills SS Soldier #1. Moebius “sets her free” by shooting her in the head. While this takes place, the puppet Blade watches from the shadows. The next morning, Danny and Beth are recovering at Danny’s house. Danny tells the rest of the puppets that he couldn’t revive Ninja, but they will get back Tunneler. Blade appears and informs them of Ozu’s death and Tunneler’s capture by the Nazis. Danny and Beth respond to a knock at the door only to be grabbed by mysterious men in suits. Meanwhile, in a secret lab in Chinatown, Docter Freuhoffer, a German doctor with a fixation on dolls, is working for Moebius to develop a machine that can reanimate the dead. The seductive Uschi, a Nazi, tries to motivate the doctor only to be interrupted by Moebius. He demands a demonstration of the machine. He brings in a Japanese man and slits his throat. The machine makes him walk for a moment only for him to decay and fall down. Freuhoffer promises to fix the machine. Moebius reminds him that if he doesn’t, his daughter will be killed. He then presents him with Tunneler to study.MV5BNmM0OGNjMjctZDRjOS00Nzg2LThkYmYtMmQyMzRmZjRkNWQ1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_SX1684_CR0,0,1684,999_AL_Danny and Beth are revealed to have been taken to a military base. Major Collins commends them for thwarting the bombing of the weapons factory. He also informs Danny that General Porter will be in town and that he will present him with a medal. To protect them, he has Sergeant Stone assigned as their bodyguard. Back at the lab, Moebius and Uschi are discussing the machine and what it will mean for him. A soldier enters and informs him of General Porter’s arrival. Back at Beth’s house, Stone is settling in and getting on Beth’s nerves with his sexist attitude. Back at the lab, Freuhoffer is examining Tunneler when Uschi enters and tries to again seduce him. Moebius enters and in a rage shoots Uschi through the head. Danny, Beth, and Stone eat and discuss how they can help their cause when Danny thinks Stone should be introduced to the puppets. Freuhoffer tries using the fluid he extracted from Tunneler in his machine to revive Uschi but it fails. Danny introduces a dumbfounded Stone to the puppets and tells him that the Nazi’s have one of them that needs to be recovered. Freuhoffer shows Moebius his newest creation, Bombshell, a puppet made in Uschi’s image with machineguns in her chest. Moebius, while amused, still wants his machine completed.MV5BOWVmMTRjZTktMWVkZC00MjliLWFhNzMtODRmODFiZmZkNzY4XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_Danny and the others take Blade and Pinhead to Chinatown to locate the Nazi base. They are ambushed by Bombshell and must retreat. Bombshell returns to the lab and Freuhoffer presents three other puppets Weremacht, a werewolf, Blitzkrieg, a tank, and Kamikaze, a walking bomb. Danny and the others are preparing for the award ceremony when Leech Woman tries to tell them something. During the awards, Freuhoffer’s puppets attack, and kill Major Collins. Danny’s puppets take them on but are beaten back. Porter, grateful to Danny, allows him to enter the army. Danny and the others ponder how to stop the Nazi puppets when Leech Woman pulls out Six-shooter’s head. They locate the lab and take out the Nazi guards. Once inside, they locate and recover Tunneler, but are stopped by Moebius and Freuhoffer’s puppets. The puppets fight and this time the Nazi puppets are beaten. Beth holds Freuhoffer at gunpoint, but lets him explain himself. Moebius and Stone fight and just as Stone gets the upperhand, Moebius stabs and kills him. Moebius comes at Danny, but is shot down by Six-shooter. Moebius, still alive, pulls out a gun and plans to shoot Danny, who states “Never screw with America”. Blade then comes from behind and stabs Moebius. Beth and Freuhoffer come out and tells Kamikaze to detonate, destroying the lab and Moebius. Danny and Beth let Freuhoffer go but as he leaves the others didn’t notice he has a bottle of the puppets’ fluid.puppet-master-x-axis-rising-trailer-01Picking up where Axis of Evil left off producer Charles Band’s cult creations return. Mr Puppet Master – Band himself directs this instalment and it shows, Axis Rising feels grander than the last, more film-like with better looking locations and production values, plus there’s some noteworthy digital and make up effects. The infamous puppets look more like their original designs especially everyone’s favourites Blade, Jester and Pinhead. The outrageous new puppets this time around are more welcome and its a kick to see some ‘classic’ puppets return.

REVIEW: PUPPET MASTER: AXIS OF EVIL


CAST

Jenna Gallaher (Nightfall)
Taylor M.Graham (Breaking Wind)
Tom Sandoval (Behind Your Eyes)
Jerry Hoffman (The Kolaborator)
Erica Shaffer (The Truth)
Levi Fiehler (Fetching)

82_539-539The film begins at the Bodega Bay Inn, 1939. Danny Coogan (Levi Fiehler) is making wooden chairs for a wedding reception for his Uncle Len, who owns the Inn. Danny tells his uncle that if it was not for his limp, he would be able to go to war, along with his brother Don, and tells his Uncle that he’s going to help André Toulon. Toulon is guest at the inn, whose wife was killed by the Nazis because they wanted a formula, a formula that allows his puppets to come alive. After escaping from Berlin to Geneva, Toulon came to America to hide from the Nazis. As Danny’s heading over to Toulon’s room, he hears a gunshot and goes to see what happened. Two men dressed in black leaving Toulon’s room push Danny aside, and as they leave, he manages to get a glimpse at one of their faces. He enters the room and finds Toulon dead with a gun in his hand. Danny, to whom Toulon showed his puppets, grabs them out of a wall panel and finds that all the puppets are still there, along with unanimated Six Shooter and another puppet, named Ninja.MV5BNWFkMTY2Y2EtMTdlYy00NWZmLTgxOGItODg3MmYwNWRlNTU2XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_The next day, Danny goes to visit his mother, Elma and his brother Don. Don is being shipped off to war the following week. Meanwhile, the two Nazi assassins, Klaus and Max, are heading to an Opera House in Chinatown, under orders from The Führer, where they meet a Japanese saboteur named Ozu (Ada Zhou Fang). She tells them that she’s under orders from The Emperor, which are for her and the Nazis to work together to take out an American bomb manufacturing plant, destroying America’s war efforts. To obtain this goal, it requires Max to go undercover and pretend to be of American descent and work at the plant, and to get close to the girl who runs the plant’s office, Beth (Jenna Gallagher), who is coincidentally Danny’s girlfriend. The next day, after bringing the puppets to life, Danny walks into the plant to show them to Beth, and sees Max there. Recognizing him as one of the assassins, he tries to warn Beth away from him, but she doesn’t believe him.MV5BOWVmYTJhNjItNTFjYy00ODczLThlNDQtODkxMzhkNGEwMTM0XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_After Max leaves the plant, Danny follows him back to the Opera House, and uncovers their plan. Danny is seen by Max, and quickly leaves. Max calls the Bodega Bay Inn to find out where he lives and sends Klaus to Danny’s mother’s place where Elma and Beth are planning a bon voyage party for Don. Klaus shoots Elma, and kidnaps Beth, and also shoots Don when he unexpectedly comes home. Danny comes home to find Don bleeding to death, and after telling him what happened, thanks to Toulon’s diary, puts his brother’s soul into Ninja’s body. Danny and the puppets head out to the opera house to get Beth. Tunneler and Leech Woman kill Ozu’s men and Ninja and Pinhead kill Klaus. Danny saves Beth, but Ozu badly hurts Ninja, so Danny and Blade threaten Ozu with the active bomb to back off, which is taken by Max, and supposedly disables it. Ninja, with what little left of life he has, stabs Ozu’s sword into back killing him. Ozu takes off with Tunneler and supposedly Jester and Leech Woman inside the bag, leaving behind Blade, Pinhead, and the mortally wounded Ninja. Danny swears that Ozu has a war coming to her.Puppet-Master-EvilI enjoyed the movie. Its a good story and kept me entertained through out. I liked how they combined the old footage with the new and it was great to see William Hickey again as Andre Toulon. The recreation of the bodaga bay inn was good, I couldn’t tell the difference from the original. I liked the humor, the family scenes and the emotion of the lead character. All he wanted was to serve his country, and like all good stories he got his chance. It was great to see the puppets in action again doing what they do best. The new puppet was also entertaining.

REVIEW: PUPPET MASTER VS DEMONIC TOYS

CAST

Corey Feldman (The Goonies)
Vanessa Angel (Stargate SG.1)
Danielle Keaton (Beethoven’s 3rd)
Silvia Suvadova (Violent Blue)
Nikolai Sotirov (The Legend of Hercules)

In 2004, the puppets along with the formula are now in the ownership of Andre Toulon’s great-grandnephew Robert Toulon and his daughter Alexandra. Robert and his daughter are both very brainy and very childlike and collect, fix and build dolls and puppets for a living. Ever since Robert inherited his great-grandfather’s puppets he has been trying to create his own life force potion based on Toulon’s diary entries using alcohol and blood (which according to Robert and Alex is sacred). One Christmas Eve, Alex and Robert finally figure out how to make the potion and bring the puppets to life. Toulon explains to the awakened puppets who he is and they are quick to accept their new master.

Meanwhile, an evil toy manufacturer Erica Sharpe was apparently a spoiled child with a father who owned a toy factory and would do anything for her. When she begged her father for him to get her toys that live, when he couldn’t get them he tried to live up to his goal as a nice father and went to the length of getting in contact with Bael (the demon of wealth and profits) in which he made a deal to have toys that live in exchange for his soul. The toys which he was given were found in the darkest corners of Hell and had previously raised a lot of havoc elsewhere. After Erica’s father dies, the toy company is handed down to her. After getting fed up with her rude toy companions who fail to behave or follow any of her orders, she does some research and uncovers Andre Toulon’s epic tale and learns of the living, loyal puppets who are now in the hands of a former employee at her toy factory that she fired: Robert Toulon. She has had a secret spy camera in the Toulon residence for a long time and after watching Robert and Alex finally find the formula and bring them to life, she orders a team of thieves to break into the Toulon residence and retrieve the puppets, but when they do the puppets put up a fight and the workshop is set ablaze where the puppets are burnt by the accident from Six Shooter.

Robert fixes up the puppets with new cyborg parts and powerful new weapons which will come very much in handy. Meanwhile, Erica leads a girl into her trap, by convincing her to open a Jack in the box, only to find out it is Jack Attack. The girl is then tortured by the toys, making Oopsie Daisy rip open her shirt and bite at her breasts. She is then lead to an iron maiden, and forced in there. Erica’s servants activate the trap, and the spikes move forward and kill her. Her blood goes into a well which triggers a demon. Erica becomes bored of life and has another evil plan up her sleeve, using the help of a certain demon, she mass-markets demonic toys which appear harmless on the outside, but on Christmas Day all the toys will awaken and kill. When Bael learns of Erica’s obsession towards Robert Toulon’s puppets he remembers that centuries ago a doctor by the name of Jean Paul Toulon made a deal with him that he’d hand over his soul for the secrets of alchemy but after Bael came to collect the soul, it had apparently wandered deep into a black forest and become lost and entangled with an ancient oak tree. That very tree was the one Andre Toulon used to carve his first retro puppets.

Still being a selfish unforgivable demon like Bael, Jean Paul Toulon’s debt still needs to be paid off so he makes a deal with Erica that in exchange of Alex Toulon’s life he will let her keep the Toulon puppets and bring all the evil toys to life. Robert Toulon discovers the spy camera and has the idea that the thieves who broke into his workshop are connected with Sharpe toys, he goes over to the factory to see what is going on, there he is ambushed by an evil living Baby doll, named Baby Oopsie-Daisy. On Toulon’s return, he discovers his daughter has been kidnapped. Robert assists the help of a friendly police officer Sergeant Jessica Russell who on Christmas Day with the puppets break into Sharpe toys and have a final fight with Erica Sharpe and her demonic minions and Toulon and his loyal puppets. The demonic toys are no match for the puppets and quickly dispatched. Robert frees his daughter from the hands of her evil kidnappers and at sunrise, Erica fails to live up to her deal to bring Alex Toulon to Bael so instead of bringing the toys to life he takes Erica back to his kingdom in Hell where she will become his loyal slave for all eternity. After that, Pinhead was wounded. Saving the day and perhaps the world, the Toulons, their puppets and Jessica head off into the sunrise singing and going out for a Christmas dinner. At the end Baby Oopsy Daisy somehow survived in the well and says “Merry Christmas my ass, and a crappy New Year!” He then pops down.

I accepted Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys in the spirit of fun in which it was offered. Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys premiered on the Sci Fi Channel and it was one of the funnest Christmas TV movies I’ve ever seen! I’m not sure what Christmas TV movies those who didn’t care for it prefer, but I like irreverent B-movie fun. Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys delivers! Every Christmas TV movie should have Corey Feldman, a blood draining machine, demonic toys, living puppets, and a demon! It all makes for a fun and humorous Christmas gift for fans.

REVIEW: PUPPET MASTER: THE LEGACY

CAST

Jacob Witkin (Evil Bong 2)
Kate Orsini (Nashville)

1280x720-T8GThe film begins with a rogue agent, Maclain, in one of the rooms in the Bodega Bay Inn, reading Toulon’s diary, hoping to find some secret to the formula. The diary bursts into flames. As Maclain enters the basement, she finds a man named Eric Weiss talking to the last Toulon puppets: Blade, Pinhead, Jester, Tunneler, and Six-Shooter. Eric explains that he knew Toulon before he died, and that he swore he wouldn’t pass it to anyone else. Maclain threatens Eric with a gun. Eric then takes out a tape recorder, and plays a recording that Toulon left him.11399213_galCut back to present day, Eric reveals that his real name is Peter Hertz, the boy who was saved by Toulon in Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge. After the conversation, Maclain, stressed out, shoots Eric in the knee, knowing he knows more about Toulon and his puppets’ bloody legacy, such as Toulon’s suicide. Eric believes that Toulon only killed those who deserved to die. Maclain, however, brings up the subject of the murders that happened with the parapsychologists in Puppet Master II. After the argument over whether Toulon was good or bad, Maclain still threatens to shoot Eric with the gun. Eric tells her that the puppets fought a war that was a hell of a lot tougher than anything they ever known, and then he plays another tape recording of Toulon, which tells about Sutek’s attempt to steal the elixir formula to kill the Puppet Master. After the recording finished, Maclain tells Eric that she knows everything about Rick, because before she came to the hotel, she went to Rick’s house where she found Toulon’s diary. When Rick didn’t cooperate to give up the diary, she shot him and his friends four times and took the diary with her. Seeing that there’s one last recording, Maclain threatens him to play it. The recording talks about how there’s always someone discovering Toulon’s secret, even after his supposed death, always someone who didn’t fully understand what a gift, or a Curse…the formula for the puppets really was. After the recording, Pinhead throws a mallet at Maclain’s head and Eric shoots her in the heart with her own gun, for trying to take over the puppets. Maclain, minutes away from death, explains that’s not what she wants, and she tells Eric that when the puppets brought Toulon back to life, he resumed his final experiment, the one he started before he committed suicide: Soul Transference.MV5BOWRjNDJhMmYtYWQxOC00MTg5LThhZjEtMzZkMDE1MjRkZDI0XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_Maclain then explains that she’s not here for the secret of bringing the puppets to life to sell it to the open market, she’s there to know what makes them die for good. Maclain finally explains: Toulon and ALL of the Puppet Masters that followed in his footsteps created immortals, souls trapped in wooden bodies, living every day in agony, wanting revenge on their Puppet Master, whose title now belongs to Eric. After explaining, Maclain drops dead on the floor. Eric hears something behind, turns around, and sees the immortals that the Puppet Masters have created (off-screen). He points the gun at them and pulls the trigger. Then a note appears: “The producers would like to thank all the cast and crew that helped make the Puppet Master series a tremendous success over the years”, ending the series with the puppets themselves to fight off the Puppet Masters’ unholy creations.MV5BYTQ1M2M3NzgtZDM5MS00YzA3LTlhOWYtNGMwMTk0MDhjZWZhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_Puppet Master: The Legacy isn’t for everyone that’s for sure as most of it is just footage taken from the other Puppet Master films. However I quite liked it as I really like the first two in the series, the killer puppets themselves have real character & personality & are some of the best & most memorable seen in this type of film & if you like the Puppet Master series & know what your getting yourself into then I’d say it’s worth watching but probably not worth buying as you’d only want to watch it once.

REVIEW: RETRO PUPPET MASTER

CAST

Greg Sestero (The Room)
Brigitta Dau (Horror 101)
Stephen Blackehart (Super)
Jack Donner (Stigmata)
Guy Rolfe (Dolls)

22881The film begins in 1944, Switzerland, taking place after the events of Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge. Toulon and his little friends are still on the run, and decide to hide in the Kolewige, an inn 4 miles from the Swiss border. Blade finds the wooden head of an old puppet named Cyclops in their trunk, and when Toulon sees it, he then tells his puppets the adventures with the woman he loves, and his retro puppets, starting in Cairo, Egypt, in 1902.Drill_guyA 3,000-year-old Egyptian sorcerer, named Afzel, has stolen the secret of life, and is fleeing the servants of an evil Egyptian god, named Sutekh. Two servants, imbued with magical power from Sutekh, attack him, but are killed easily by Afzel and his own magical power. After dispatching the two servants he begins his journey to Paris. Meanwhile, Sutekh has given life to three of his oldest servants—Egyptian mummies. After they rise from their chamber they too begin to pursue Afzel. Cut to Paris, where a young André Toulon is putting on a puppet show of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Watching from the crowd is Elsa, who has left her cold-hearted abusive ambassador father and harmless mother to view the wonders of the country and has decided to see the play. In the sewers nearby the three mummies have hired two thugs to kill Afzel. The thugs are necessary since Afzel has the power to sense the coming of the mummies.evil-guysAfzel is beaten brutally until Elsa, leaving the theater, sees them and cries for help. The thugs then scatter, leaving Toulon and Elsa to pick Afzel up and bring him inside. Later, when he stirs from his sleep, he talks with Toulon and reveals that he knows the secret of life, and it’s the only thing that can protect humankind when the elder gods rise up in 100-1,000 years, and needs to pass it on to Toulon. Toulon is skeptical until Afzel begins to make the puppets move. Now Toulon realizes he is genuine and begins to learn his powers. Then Afzel starts to make the puppets draw a barrier that’s supposed to protect him if the servants come back.MV5BYmM4MWIzNGEtMDc0NC00Zjc5LWJmNDItZmQ1MDE3MjQxODcwXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_While stepping outside for a brief moment, Toulon begins to talk to a beggar who has sat on the steps since the beginning of the movie. However, he is dead, and when Andre becomes aware of this he begins to mourn. Afzel tells him to bring him inside to teach him the true secret of life. After bringing him inside they use a ring to transfer the soul of the beggar to the puppet, “Pinhead”. The puppet starts to move but, after a few questions the puppet runs away into the theater. Later on, Elsa returns to talk to Toulon, until her father’s rude servants come by, and they take Elsa and Toulon back to her house, and after Toulon talks to the father, he gets knocked out, and is then thrown into the woods.MV5BZWJjNjhjYzEtNzI5Zi00N2MwLTkwMWYtMjk4ZjI1ZTJhMzZjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_The next day, back at the theater, Valentin storms in as the barrier written on paper falls off the wall. The three mummies see their chance to attack and begin their rampage through the theater. Valentin finishes repairing the door as two of the mummies break in and kill him. Vigo runs backstage to Duval and Latour and falls dead. Duval stabs the lead mummy in his hand as the mummy kills him with his other hand. Latuor gets out a gun and shoots the lead mummy three times as the other mummy comes in through the back door and all three of them use their magic to kill him. Afzel appears and says Sutekh shall not claim his life, and kills himself with his own magic. Satisfied with victory, the mummies begin to leave. Once Toulon returns from the woods, he sees what has happened and acts quickly by putting their souls inside his puppets. The men return, having sensed someone with the knowledge of the secret of life, and try to kill Toulon. His puppets, however, kill one of the mummies with Six-Shooter by shooting the chandelier chains, causing it to crush the servant. The two henchmen retreat in order to plot the capture of Elsa to lure Toulon into a trap.MV5BZWMxNTk1MWQtMDM3Ny00YWY3LTkyMjAtYjMwMTA4MDhlYWE5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTk0OTM1NzU@._V1_Feeling that he had won the battle, André and his puppets go to a train station to leave Paris to Kara, Togo before things start to get bad, not realizing they had already begun. The servants killed her parents, the guards and capture Elsa, and then send a dream to Toulon that shows Elsa tied up, and a train. Knowing the meaning, he quickly changes trains to Merca, Somalia and gets his puppets ready for the showdown. When the train leaves, André looks around, having released his puppets and letting them follow him throughout the train, until finally coming to the last car and finding Elsa tied up like in his dream. The two men appear and ask for the secret of life. André displays the scroll where the secret is written and asks, “How do you know I haven’t copied it?” to which the leader states he did not have enough time to do so, but still is doubtful he hadn’t. André, noticing he is distracted, attacks the leader while his puppets attack the other. A large struggle breaks out, and the other henchman is killed with the final leader of the three being thrown from the car. Freeing Elsa, the group rides away in the train, beginning their adventure. After telling the story, the puppets wonder what happened to the other puppets. Andre tells them that’s another story, which he will tell them in the future.retro-puppet-master-blade-dr-deathGreg Sestero brought a lot of charisma to the role of Andre Toulon. And though the cinematography was not excellent, and there was minimal violence and gore, this film was a lot of fun. I am a big Puppet Master fan and have grown to expect blood and gore from the films of this series, but I can say that I was never bored through the entire course of watching Retro Puppet Master.