PUPPET MASTER 4 (1993) Reviews and overview

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‘When bad puppets turn to good’
Puppet Master 4 is a 1993 American horror feature film directed by Jeff Burr (Pumpkinhead II; Stepfather IILeatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3; et al) from a screenplay by Todd Henschell, Steven E. Carr, Jo Duffy, Doug Aarniokoski and Keith Payson. The Full Moon movie stars Guy Rolfe, Gordon Currie, Chandra West, Ash Adams and Teresa Hill.

Ancient creatures known as Totems are sent by the evil Egyptian demon Sutekh to recapture the magic stolen by Toulon. The demons target a young scientist, Rick (Gordon Currie) who is now in possession of the Puppet Master secrets.

As the creatures attempt to terminate his research and regain the “secret of life”, they leave a deadly path of destruction until the evil Totems finally find Toulon’s puppets in their way. However, Rick has a secret weapon on his side and the newest head-swapping puppet… Decapitron.

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“Unfortunately it just isn’t quite as much fun as its predecessor. Despite its occasional outlandishness (love those under-worldly dimension scenes), this entry feels rather generic, kind of like a Gremlins knock-off with the Puppet Master dolls thrown in. It’s also generally less exploitive too…” James Gillett, Digital Retribution

” …one of the slickest entries in the series with a vivid, often beautiful color palette, some fun mobile camera work, and detailed production design and character animation. The script is definitely on the thin side with little shading given to the characters, but considering everyone’s really here to see the puppets in action, the film definitely delivers.” Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

” …a little too goofy and over-the-top considering how fairly well grounded the previous films were. Puppet Master 4 is strictly for die-hard fans of the series and even some of those, like me, will struggle to sit through this yawn-fest with the promise of a small amount of cheesy puppet action at the end.” Andrew Smith, Popcorn Pictures

“All of the human actors in Puppet Master 4 are thoroughly disposable, so the only real enjoyment comes from watching the puppets […] They were never really “scary” to begin with but the switching of allegiances is the tell-tale sign that more and more these flicks were being aimed at kids.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

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