THE PUPPETMAN (2023) Reviews of Brandon Christensen’s Shudder horror plus trailer

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‘You’re not in control’
The Puppetmaster is a 2023 American supernatural horror film about the daughter of a convicted killer who comes to suspect an evil force was responsible.

Directed by Brandon Christensen (director of Superhost; Z; Still/Born; producer of It Stains the Sands Red) from a screenplay co-written with Ryan Christensen. Produced by Seager Dixon, Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell.

The Not the Funeral Home production stars Michael Paré, Caryn Richman and Alyson Gorske.

The Puppetman is a convicted killer on death row. He has always maintained his innocence saying it was an evil force controlling his body as he slaughtered his victims.

Now Michal, the killer’s daughter, begins to suspect that there may be some truth to her father’s claim when those around her begin to die in brutal ways. All hope rests on her shoulders to break The Puppetman’s curse…


Writer-director Brandon Christensen enthused: “The Puppetman harkens back to films like Final Destination where you take a group of friends and exploit them for horrifying deaths. We had a ton of fun developing these characters and then taking everything we know about them and turning it against themselves. While I’ve killed off characters before, it was nothing compared to the grotesque machinations that Shudder allowed us to do on The Puppetman.”

“While The Puppetman provokes a fabulously dour small-town atmosphere that serves as a strong backdrop for this spectral tale of otherworldly intervention, the script suffers here and there from horrific sequences that seem to break the film’s loosely established rules.  They’re great thrills and chills, but viewers who watch closely might spend more time questioning the hows and whys when all that really matters here are the wow’s (!!!).

The Puppetman will stream on Shudder from Friday the 13th, October, 2023.

Trailer [720p]:

More Brandon Christensen movies:

SUPERHOST (2021) Reviews of vacation rental horror

Z (2019) Reviews and worth watching

STILL/BORN (2017) Reviews and overview

IT STAINS THE SANDS RED (2016) Reviews and overview

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