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Puppetmaster (BLU-RAY) [1989]

Paul Le Mat , Jimmie F Scaggs , David Schmoeller    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Le Mat, Jimmie F Scaggs, Irene Miracle, Robin Frates, Barbara Crampton
  • Directors: David Schmoeller
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 88 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00753376E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,098 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Alex Whittaker and three other gifted psychics are investigating rumors that the secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon.

But the psychics quickly discover Toulon's secret of death in the form of five killer puppets - each one uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem. Tunneler has a nasty habit of boring holes in people with his drill bit head. Ms. Leech regurgitates killer leaches that suck her victims dry. Pinhead strangles his enemies with his powerful vice-like hands. Blade has a gleaming hook for one hand and a razor-sharp knife for the other. And Jester, the ruthless brains of the bunch, is absolutely merciless.

Together, they're an army of skilled assassins, diabolically programmed to guard the deadly secrets of the Puppet Master.

Awards and Accreditations:

Nominated 1990 International Fantasy Film Award




"Puppetmaster is great horror no matter how you slice it. Between the story, the effects, the suspense and the creative deaths this one belongs on your shelf with the classics"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Firstly the movie can be divisive, you love it or hate. I absolutely adore it! If you're like me, then this is hands down the best version available anywhere. A sharp picture with little damage and plenty of natural film grain, great uncompressed stereo sound a and a decent 5.1 remix, the original features from the old DVD's plus new commentaries from Charles Band and Justin Kerswell.

Sure it's the R rated cut but that's the only version that has been released on blu-ray and widescreen DVD (the US Blu-ray is the same cut but with a really soft picture). So pleased about this release, let's hope Trancers is on it's way soon from 88 Films in the same quality!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...FULL MOON AT ITS BEST... 18 Sep 2012
Puppet Master was the film that put Full Moon Entertainment -- Charles Band's independent exploitation film company -- on the map.

In my opinion it was one of the best direct-to-video movies ever made and set a precedent for all others to follow.

Puppet Master is, in many ways a typical Full Moon horror film: colourful and absurd, featuring monsters, in-your-face gore and breast-focused nudity. Of course not all Full Moon productions would prove to be as entertaining as this one. But there is a distinctive quality to the B-grade fun of Full Moon at its best that appeals to many horror fans, and in this respect Puppet Master is a prime example.

In HD it looks superb, with a UK exclusive commentary, booklet notes and a reversible sleeve!

Best version out there by far
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this now, be wary with it's sequels... 7 Feb 2005
This is the original and best of the Puppet Master films, keeping the Puppet team down to Blade, Jester, Leechwoman and Tunneller, and with a decent, older and more convincing cast. Irene Miracle is particularly good as a barmy fortune-teller, though I wouldn't get too attached to anybody if you know what I mean. The puppets look damn good in this first movie, with a cross between full stop-motion animation and Muppet style techniques giving them a firmly believable presence. Unlike the other films in the series, this movie has both a knowingly hammy script and some truly horrific moments, which makes for a fun, scary and well paced movie, which doesn't rely purely on the gimmick of the puppets to drive the film. If you like the fantasy elements of films like Child's Play, Nightmare on Elm Street or Hellraiser, you may find this low budget gem of a film equally interesting. I recommend this to anybody with an interest in horror or fantasy movies, as it is a great little movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 88 Films does it again. 27 Sep 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have been collecting all of 88 Films (Full Moon) movies as they have been released and am constantly in awe at how great these awesome cult films look when they've had the 88 treatment. Puppet Master is no exception.

I watched it last night and it blew me away. I am somewhat of a caveman when it comes to technology so all I can say in my own way looks frackin sublime. The movie, some have said, is really slow paced at first but I don't feel it is. It gives you enough time with the characters to develop them and the story so that when you finally can't hate the bad guys any more, the little guys can't drill, leech, and sucker punch them enough. ;-)

Just awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Punch and you die show 22 Oct 2008
By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the first in a long running series of Puppet Master films. Its an enjoyable little film, with great special effects and an involving story.
In a pre titles sequence we see Puppet Master Andre Toulon take his own life, as assassins approach his room, but not before he has hidden his magical puppets in a hidden panel.
Then the story turns to the present day, where four psychics have been summoned by a fifth Neil Gallagher, to the same Hotel where Toulon died. It seems they have all been taking part in research into Toulon's secrets of animating his puppets. When they arrive, they are greeted by Gallagher's wife, who informs them that he has died, having taken his own life. He may be dead, but there is something else alive in the Hotel, something determined that the Psychics wont discover Toulon's secrets.
The actors are all good, but its the murderous mannequins that are the real stars of the film. They are all excellently animated, and theres much fun to be had as they dispose of their human enemies. My particular favourite is Ms Leech who vomits leeches onto her victims body, draining them of blood.
Having praised the film, I must add that I feel it is a tad overrated, and not the classic many hail it as. Very enjoyable all the same.
The DVD release I am reviewing is excellent, with extras including a making of documentary. I give the film a solid 3 out of 5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nightmare 1 May 2013
By Victor Best VINE VOICE
i have always loved the puppet master movies.
with their pre cgi old school puppet manipulations.
the first 3 are the ones to own.
there are now 10 films in the series.
a brand new 3d remake is planned.
an under the radar horror film series.
this isn't sooty and sweep.
your worst nightmare is about to happen!
Puppetmaster (BLU-RAY) [1989]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The 88Films version of Puppetmaster is clearer, with better colors, than the US Blu Ray version.

Exclusive to this UK 88FIlms version is:

Commentary by Puppetmaster co-writer (with Kenneth J. Hall) & producer Charles Band

UK Exclusive Audio Commentary with Justin Kerswell (Author of “Teenage Wasteland“) and entertainment critic, Calum Waddell

Full Moon Trailer Park with trailers from 9 Full Moon Films

Reversible Sleeve Incorporating Original Artwork

8 page color booklet written by Calum Waddell with a 2 page interview with Puppet Master co – writer, Kenneth J. Hall, adapted from Dark Side magazine, issue, 149.

While the US version is very nicely done, this UK 88Films version is the way to go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars orginal
film from 1980s,the first in series. excellent idea, creatures , thought it look a bit dated now.still worth a look
Published 1 month ago by dark magic
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Not the best movie in the world but for an older one its still a good watch, intend to get the rest of the series, which are better but this sets the story in motion even if the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars The transfer has a lot of DNR!
For those that don't know, DNR stands for Digital Noise Reduction which is commonly used to clean up old movie prints. Sadly it seems Puppet Master 3 has been over done with this. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maria G. Rechichi
3.0 out of 5 stars Miniature mayhem.
Probably the most well known of Charles Band's movies; Puppet Master tells the tale of Andre Toulon, a man who makes puppets with a rather peculiar trait...they're alive. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Puppet master
I bought this because it was a blast from the past. They don't make them like this anymore! The movies special effects are brilliant as there are no cgi computer crap added!
Published 23 months ago by Don
3.0 out of 5 stars rather cheap DVD presentation
ASIN: B000055Z8S: same cover but with "Film 2000" at the bottom.
It says: running time 90 ms, while in fact it's 1:25:10. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by Ralf Bader
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful film!
This review is purely against the film and not the seller.

Truely awful film! I expected it to be cheesey since its a 1980s horror but its so laughable! Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by S. Jones
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