Anticipation Alert: Puppet Master – The Littlest Reich (2018)

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!!!

Holy Toulon! They’re Remaking ‘Puppet Master’???

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!