After quite enjoying Puppet Master I was anticipating a nice little sequel. After all the puppets survived the first film and thus the seeds for more mayhem are easily sown.
It starts well with the resurrection of Toulon and continues OK with the arrival of a team of researchers. It then starts to feel oh so familiar. It really isn't hugely different from the original yet somehow manages to fail to capture the essence of the first outing. Its a nice twist that the dolls are discovered early in the movie but a great disappointment that this seems to spur the cast to do…nothing. I’d have thought a hefty dose of “Get the fuck out of the creepy hotel” was in order?
It then seemed to drag tortuously, very few deaths were memorable and leech girl doesn't even get to leech! In fact the puppets are woefully underused and the underlying “you look like someone i used to know” plot is pathetic.
A lacklustre sequel with an awful ending.
RENT OR BUY