Director: Tommy Wiklund, Sonny Laguna
Screenplay: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Paré, Barbara Crampton, Udo Kier, Skeeta Jenkins
Running Time: 90 min
BBFC Certificate: 18
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a marvellous romp through madness, the puppet master and his tiny reich pursue a gore soaked journey into insanity.
It’s non stop fun all the way, this mini masterpiece has Charles Band’s magic mix of horror and fun firmly stamped all over it. These puppets aren’t cuddly toys, they slice, dice and drill you to death, this newly created Puppet Master will leave you desperate to search out the rest of the series. This is the latest in Charles Band’s classic horror franchise, managing to retain its creepy retro feel, written by S. Craig Zahler who also did the marvellous Bone Tomahawk.
The puppet master works with the Nazis, but when all is lost at the end of the war he escapes the country and goes into hiding and continues working towards his twisted ideology. Edgar (Thomas Lennon) returns to his childhood home after becoming divorced and finds an insidious marionette, needing money he decides to sell the creepy little fella. Along with his girlfriend Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and comic book chum Markowitz (Nelson Franklin), Edgar sets off to sell the murderous little doll at an auction celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. At the convention the puppets are reanimated and a sickening array of grisly deaths start to befall the convention geeks in a gooey climax of death.
Fangoria presents Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, where puppet violence is allowed to run riot with disastrous consequences for anyone who gets in their way. The treats were ramped up a notch when I discovered that the score is by the much loved Fabio Frizzi (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead). The characters and their stories are built up at the outset which did manage to create an empathy with the characters allowing me to engage fully with the horror of their grisly deaths.
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is well acted, with crisp sound and visuals and nicely shot to boot, if you want to watch a film about killer puppets this has got to be the master of puppet movies. This release also contains a nice selection of extras including; Behind the Scenes, Sketches of Lightning Girl, Making of Puppet Concepts, Stills Gallery, Trailer and Exclusive Art Cards (Blu-ray only). Fangoria presents Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich on Digital Download 5 July and Blu-ray (Zavvi exclusive) and DVD 8 July.