Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich – Fractured Visions Film Review
All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets up for auction at a convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. which was recently shown at the Fractured Visions Film Festival.
I remember many years ago, in those days of VHS back in the 80s/90s seeing the first Puppet Master movie, it was one of the movies that I loved, not for just the slightly gory bits, but also for the way that the puppets were created and animated on the screen, via stop-frame animation and practical effects as well.
Now almost 30 years later (damn I feel old now), the latest incarnation of the puppets and the story of Toulon’s creations going on a killing spree, but does it hold up to the original movies and their look and feel. The film opens in Texas in 1989 with an “old guy” (Udo Kier) entering a bar and having a conversation with the bartender and being disgusted by the behaviour of the female bartender and her partner before he leaves, we then witness a shocking decapitation and Toulon telling his puppets to stay in the shadows.
My first thoughts with the opening sequence are that The Littlest Reich felt very much like those early days of low budget movies that I love from the 80s/90s, the animated sequence looks good and the opening music certainly gives it that Puppet Master feel and after the post-credit opening it certainly looks like there are going to be some somewhat gory moments littered throughout the film as Toulon’s puppets set to complete their task.
With so many sequels to a movie, it can be tiresome with one more movie, but I have to say that it was nice to see the return to the evil of the puppets and their shocking ways of the killing spree that they go on if you love the gore in a horror then The Littlest Reich certainly has some good scenes that just scream out 80s horror style effects and buckets of blood! The producers of the film have said that it is set in a parallel universe as Toulon is an evil Nazi rather than being against the Third Reich in the original movies.
Having such an opening sequence in the movie, it does put on the brakes a bit as we are introduced to the human characters in the story, up until Edgar (Thomas Lennon) starts playing with Blade and then the first taste of blood for a puppet, before a road trip to a convention to The Brass Buckle hotel before heading to the home of Toulon where the “sick murders took place 30 years ago” and the very annoying character, Markowitz (Nelson Franklin) invites himself on the road trip with Edgar and his girlfriend (Jenny Pellicer).
You just know that this trip to the convention isn’t going to go well, with several other guests at the convention bringing along their Toulon puppets, it’s time to set them on their course of horror and killing!
The cast including Charlyne Yi, Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Night at the Museum) and Udo Kier (Blade, Downsizing) pull the film along, Sunny Laguna (Wither, Mystery Box) and Tommy Wiklund have done a decent job of directing the movie. The puppetry isn’t too bad, it’s not on par with the first two movies from 1989 and 1990, but overall it works well in those scenes where the puppets attack and cause some bloody carnage.
Only the puppets Blade, Tunneler, Pinhead and Torch return for Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, sadly no Jester (one of my favourites from the other movies), but you may notice that The Happy Amphibian where’s a clown costume in the film, this is Jester’s replacement, there is also another new puppet that has multiple arms, this is a character that is tribute to Six-Shooter from several of the Puppet Master movies.
If you like the Puppet Master franchise then The Littlest Reich is a movie that you will want to check out, it’s got some bloody scenes that are suited well for Toulon’s Puppets. As of yet, there isn’t a UK release date for DVD/Blu-ray, but we will update this review as soon as we have news.
Those Evil Puppets are Back!!
Movie title: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
Movie description: 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 during the auction when a strange force animates all of the puppets throughout the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Director(s): Tommy Wiklund, Sonny Laguna
Actor(s): Thomas Lennon, Michael Paré, Barbara Crampton
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a refreshing change with a return of a bloody fun horror that mixes in the comedy with the gore and welcome return of Toulon’s puppets.