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  • Actors: Paul Le Mat, Jimmie F Scaggs, Irene Miracle, Robin Frates, Barbara Crampton
  • Directors: David Schmoeller
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00753376E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

FEATURES INLCUDE:

  • UK EXCLUSIVE AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH JUSTIN KERSWELL, AUTHOR OF TEENAGE WASTELAND
  • RESTORED HD TRANSFER IN 1.85:1 WIDESCREEN
  • NEW DTS-HD MA 5.1 SOUNDTRACK
  • ORIGINAL LPCM STERO SOUNSTRACK
  • COMMENTARY BY PRODUCER CHARLES BAND
  • NO STRINGS ATTACHED ORIGINAL MAKING OF FEATURETTE
  • HD INTRODUCTION BY CHARLES BAND
  • HD TRAILER
  • FULL MOON TRAILER PARK
  • REVERSIBLE SLEEVE INCORPORATING ORIGINAL ARTWORK
  • COLLECTOR S BOOKLET NOTES BY AUTHOR AND CRITIC CALUM WADDELL

Review

'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' --best-horror-movies.com

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony Green on 28 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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 By T. Carne on 7 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
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 By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 22 Oct. 2008
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HorrorHound on 18 Sept. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
The names Puppet Master and Charles Band are virtually synonymous. This, the flagship film of Full Moon Productions (or whatever Full Moon name it’s going by now), has become a cult favorite and pretty much a must-see film for anyone calling himself/herself a true horror fan. Since its release in 1989, it has inspired nothing less than nine sequels (and counting). Charles Band has made some pretty lousy movies over the years, but Puppet Master quickly dispels any lowered expectations of being nothing more than a cheap and cheesy little horror film. The puppet special effects are quite natural, the acting is surprisingly good, and I think the film retains a healthy sense of uncertainty about the nature of the deadly puppets on display here.

It all starts in 1939, with Andre Toulon and his puppets holed up in a room in a Bodega Bay, California hotel. Having discovered the secret of eternal life in some Egyptian artifact, Toulon has used that knowledge to animate a small group of handmade puppets. These include a Jester whose head consists of three different parts that can spin around to produce the most dramatic of facial expressions; Blade, whose blade and hook appendages make him ideal for dangerous spy missions; Pinhead, a bulky he-puppet with a diminutive head; Tunneler, with a drill-like head; and Leech Woman, who specializes in vomiting up killer leeches. Just before a pair of Nazis arrive to snatch him and his secret knowledge, Toulon manages to hide the puppets inside a wall and then makes sure that his enemies will get nothing out of him when they arrive.
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