Mannequins: Lifeless plastic beings that creep me out a lot more than they should. I can remember feeling conflicted when I was a young boy and would see nude mannequins in department stores while shopping with my Mom. Should I have covered my eyes? Should I have opened my eyes wider? This is going off the rails quickly and I’m losing focus of my original statement, which is that mannequins can be creepy as fuck! The movie Tourist Trap is good proof of that – but 1991’s Puppet Master II actually has one of the creepiest mannequins ever. Behold! Toulon The Mannequin!
Oh sure – he looks all suave and debonaire there in his fancy tuxedo. But trust me, don’t let that fool you. Toulon, if some of you don’t know, created most of the puppets in the Puppet Master franchise and in this particular scenario from Puppet Master II – he was resurrected and has transferred his soul into the mannequin at the end of the movie for some reason (there’s a twisted love story thrown in there somewhere). Stupid plot aside, Toulon makes a creepy ass mannequin and is worth the price of admission alone to watch the movie in full. Just don’t go on expecting much more in the series after this, unless of course you are a sucker for terrible sequels? (slowly raises hand)
Did anyone see Bone Tomahawk last year? For shame if you didn’t! But me shaming you aside, it was a western/horror hybrid written and directed by S. Craig Zahler and was one of my favorites of 2015. Building off the acclaim of that movie, what’s Mr. Zahler want to get into next? A remake of 1989’s Puppet Master of course!
I actually kinda dig that poster a lot. So yes, what you’re looking at there is the teaser poster for what will be the new Puppet Master reboot/remake called Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. A quick synopsis is below:
A recently divorced young man discovers a mint condition Blade doll in his deceased brother’s closet and plans to sell the toy at a convention in Oregon celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose at the Postville Lodge during the auction when a strange force animates all of the various puppets throughout the convention as they go on a bloody killing spree.
A bloody killing spree at a toy convention? Count me in! The original Puppet Master from Full Moon Features is a definite guilty pleasure of mine, as are some of the sequels before the franchise kinda went off the rails. So what involvement will Full Moon and it’s creator Charles Band have with this sequel/reboot? Word is that Mr. Band will serve as executive producer. I think the bigger question is whether or not The Leech Lady will be making a triumphant and sexy return. Rawwwwrrrrr!