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Rating: 5.5/10 by 139 users

Puppet Master (1989)

Toulon, a puppet maker, discovers an ancient Egyptian potion and uses it to bring his creations to life. His puppets become murderous little demons and escape. Distraught, the master takes his life. Years later, psychics tune into the existence of the monstrous marionettes and set off to stop them.

  • David Schmoeller
  • Karin Liebrand
  • Marita Simpson
  • Charles Band
  • David Schmoeller
  • Kenneth J. Hall
Release Date: Thu, Oct 12, 1989

Rating: 5.5/10 by 139 users

Alternative Title:
Puppet Master - US
Puppet Master 1 - CA
Puppetmaster - DE
Puppet Master - El amo de las marionetas - ES
Puppet Master 01 - MX
El amo de las marionetas 1 - MX
El amo de las marionetas 1 - ES
El amo de las marionetas 1 - US

United States of America
Runtime: 01 hour 25 minutes
Budget: $0
Revenue: $0

Plot Keyword: puppet, murder

Paul Le Mat
Alex Whitaker
William Hickey
Andre Toulon
Irene Miracle
Dana Hadley
Jimmie F. Skaggs
Neil Gallagher
Robin Frates
Megan Gallagher
Matt Roe
Frank Forrester
Kathryn O'Reilly
Carlissa Stamford
Barbara Crampton
Woman at Carnival
David Boyd
Man at Carnival
Ed Cookie Jarvis
Pinhead (voice)
Linda O. Cook
Leech Woman (voice)
Tim Dornberg
Tunneler (voice)
Bert Rosario
Blade (voice)
Michael Laide
Jester (voice)
Andrea Henry


Inert first act, but decent start to the ongoing puppet-slasher series RELEASED TO VIDEO IN 1989 and directed by David Schmoeller, "Puppet Master" (or “Puppetmaster”) takes place at a striking old hotel on the California coast where four psychics gather to meet a former colleague and his wife, the heir of the grand inn. However, their colleague has committed suicide and puppets animated by Egyptian sorcery are intent on killing them off one-by-one. This was the first of a franchise that includes a dozen sequels (as of this writing), which is one more than the Friday the 13th franchise. While decidedly Grade B in quality, I liked the grand ol’ hotel setting, the cast, and the Ten Little Indians-like plot. Unfortunately, the first half hour feels lethargic and dull. From there, the film’s decent enough with quality puppet effects. Irene Miracle is stunning as a psychic biyatch and Kathryn O'Reilly & Robin Frates ain’t no slouches on the feminine front, but the filmmakers fumble the ball as far as taking advantage of these resources. Paul Le Mat is genial as the main male protagonist with frightful hair while Jimmie F. Skaggs is formidable as the colleague gone mad. THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour, 30 minutes and was shot in California (Riverside, Pasadena, etc.). WRITERS: Charles Band, Kenneth J. Hall, Schmoeller and J.S. Cardone. GRADE: C+

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