The Legacy Begins...

Retro Puppet Master
1999 | Color | 1hr 20min | Horror | PG-13 | Full Moon Features

David DeCoteau (as Joseph Tennent)

Neal Marshall Stevens

Greg Sestero
Brigitta Dau
Stephen Blackehart

It's 1892 and Sutekh is hopping mad. It seems a 3,000-year-old Egyptian sorcerer has stolen one of the God's secrets of life - that of instilling the souls of the dying into inanimate things. Sutekh raises three mummified former high priests, led by the villainous "First Servant", and charges them with recovering both the Sorceror and his secret. There is no lack of victims for the 3 highfaluting, stylish villains as they pursue their prey to 19th century Paris, and the very young puppeteer, Andre Toulon. Toulon runs a puppet theater in the heart of Paris and meets the sorcerer (the mysterious Afzal) when he is found by the lovely Swiss Ambassador's daughter Ilsa, after being nearly killed. It is there and then that we find the seed of things to come, and the origin of the Puppetmaster series of tales.

Have you ever wondered what the background story about Blade or Tunner was? Well, thanks to David DeCoteau (Puppet Master 3, 90210 Shark Attack) now you can. DeCoteau returns to familiar ground budding up with Charles Band for yet another Puppet Master movie. And yes the continuity for this movie is way off but who cares really. The movie has a very polished clean look unlike the last two films in the series. DeCoteau also filmed this and Witchhouse back to back (Witchouse was shot in 8 days while Puppet Master was shot in 12) in  Snagov, Romania making this the first Puppet Master shot outside of the US.

The cast in this movie is by far the best in the series so far. Sadly this was also the last movie Guy Rolfe acted in and it only took one day to film his parts. Greg Sestero (Day's of our Lives) takes on the lead role as young Toulon. Even tho dry at times he pulled it off every well. My favorite has to be young Ilsa played by  Brigitta Dau. What an easy on the eyes face she has! We need more of her but it looks like she does more voice over work than anything. Like I have said in the past Full Moon knows how to find a very good looking cast to help drive their movies. 

Now let's talk about those puppets shall we. I really dig the old look given to them you can really buy into the simple way of building puppets in the 1800's. And at first, there is no clear-cut leader in the beginning. So we are introduced to Cyclops, Blade, Dr, Death, Drill Sergeant, Pinhead, and Six-Shooter. And we will have to wait until Legacy to find out what happens to Cyclops and Dr. Death as they do not seem to be main charters later in the story line. 

This is really one of the cleanest PM movies I have seen so far. The use of the set is wonderful and really brings you into that century. But it is a very slow burn and more of a charter building movie for what is yet to come. It is also the least violent movie of the bunch so far. In fact, it is so clean a young audience could watch this movie even if it is not the Blade we know and love. There is no blood for the death senses and no nudity. No, really a Full Moon feature with no boob's that's so odd. But the story is still solid and fun giving the fans of PM a glemces into Toulon's past and what really gives them life. 

Maybe not the best but not the worst as well....

3 Bloody Brains out of 5
Here is the breakdown so far

Puppet Master 3 Bloody Brains

Puppet Master 2  3 Bloody Brains

Puppet Master 3  3 Bloody Brains

Puppet Master 4 2 Bloody Brains

Puppet Master 5 3 Bloody Brains

Retro Puppet Master 3 Bloody Brains

and yet to watch

Puppet Master the Legacy 

Puppet Master Axis of Evil

Puppet Master X Axis Raising


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