Oh, Puppet Master franchise……how I love and loathe you all at the same time. I can remember renting the first in your series in 1989 from my local Mom & Pop video store. It was a devious and delicious surprise that introduced me to some of my now favorite tiny little terrors: Blade, Pinhead, and Tunneler to name a few. And I kind of developed a crush on Leech Woman. Don’t judge. But anyway, for me – the franchise took a steep nosedive when the sequels starting getting lazily churned out by Full Moon Features. A few new snazzy puppets were introduced along the way (Torch, Six-Shooter) – but overall the sequels were consistently a snoozefest. But now…..could the Puppet Master franchise be reborn??
Enter into the ring, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich!! I will admit – when I first heard about this new sequel, I lazily rolled my eyes. Then I saw that S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl In Cell Block 99) wrote it, and my interest began to sway the other way. Early word started to roll in that this movie pushed the boundaries as far as gore and ‘tastefulness’, not just in regards to the Puppet Master franchise – but for horror movies in general. And because of that, my interest started swaying even more! Then……the ‘red band’ trailer just recently dropped. Check it out below, now!
Sold. Sold. Sold. I’m so sold, that I’ll be going to the LA premiere on August 14th – so stay tuned for my review. I can pretty much already tell this is in my wheelhouse. Gore, gore, gore? Check. Things I probably shouldn’t be laughing at that could send me to hell? Check. Thomas Lennon is in this for some reason? Check. For those who can’t go to the LA premiere, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will be hitting select theaters and VOD on August 17th. Killer puppet lovers of the world unite!!!