Friday, October 21, 2011
October 19th: Puppet Master (1989)
It's 1939; elderly puppeteer Andre Toulon (William Hickey) has created seven living puppets, with Jester (Michael Laide) being the latest. As Andre rests in his room at Bodega Bay Inn in Bodega Bay, California, two Nazi spies (Peter Frankland and Andrew Kimbrough) arrive and are looking for him. Alerted by Blade (Bert Rosario), Andre hides the puppets and kills himself just as the Nazis kick his door down.
Thanks to the success of "Living Doll" and "Dummy," '60s era episodes from The Twilight Zone, and "Amelia," the third segment of Dan Curtis' Trilogy of Terror, the concept of killer dolls/puppets has become a surprisingly popular formula. Magic, Dolly Dearest, Dolls and Demonic Toys all employed killer dolls and puppets as the villains to varying levels of success.
Next Up: October 20th: The Invisible Man Returns (1940)