Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Puppet Master

I am ashamed to say that, as an aficionado of horrors, I have never seen this well regarded 80s slasher. I missed out as it is surprisingly good.vlcsnap-2010-09-07-17h17m37s229

Released straight to video in a time when this was a commercial plus rather then a sign of a bad film, Puppet master does show a reasonably modest budget. What it does with this budget is, however, quite sublime. As a horror it is strictly atypical. We have no teens, very little shadow and little in the way of calculated “jump now” scares. It is strangely thoughtful and despite the formulaic “your turn to die” format, it still manages to remain fresh and enjoyable.

Puppet Master has some stilted and poor acting on display, the psychics are not particularly likable and the soundtrack is virtually non-existent. Despite all this it works excellently, mainly due to a combination of the brilliantly realised introduction with Toulon, the original Master and the well paced format. This grounds the film firmly and despite the change to modern day, feels “right”.

The puppets are also excellent and memorable. I find myself desiring a replica Jester, Blade or Pinhead. Of the puppets are the weaker Tunneller with just looks odd and the leech lady who is just a bit weird!vlcsnap-2010-09-07-15h08m09s118

I don’t want anyone thinking this is a masterpiece as it certainly is not. What it is, however, is a great bit of escapist fun. If you ignore the obvious plot flaws (and I wont spoil it by pointing them out) then it is a fair way to spend a couple of hours.

Paul out…and looking for a Blade model!

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