Blu-ray Review: Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (1991)


Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge BR CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: David DeCoteau

Starring: Guy Rolfe, Richard Lynch, Ian Abercrombie, Walter Gotell, Sarah Douglas, Aron Eisenberg

The tagline for Puppet Master III reads ‘When Good Puppets Go Bad’ which, if you were cynical, could be an indication of the quality level of the series, especially after the lacklustre second film. In time-honoured franchise tradition, Puppet Master III is a prequel to the first two films that concentrates on puppet maker Toulon and the events that lead up to his suicide which we saw at the beginning of the first film (although the date they established in that film is still different to what it is here).

In Berlin during World War II a scientist named Dr. Hess (Ian Abercrombie – Firewalker) witnesses a puppet show performed by Toulon (Guy Rolfe – Dolls), where the puppets seem to be moving without the aid of strings. Hess has been ordered by Gestapo leader Major Kraus (Richard Lynch – Halloween/Deathsport) to come up with a formula that will reanimate dead soldiers to use as living shields and Hess thinks he has found the answer. However, Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: Puppet Master II (1990)


Puppet Master II BR CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: David Allen

Starring: Elizabeth Maclellan, Collin Bernsen, Steve Welles, George ‘Buck’ Flower, Greg Webb, Nita Talbot

Well, something must have gone right because in 1990 a sequel was released. Directed by special effects supremo David Allen (Ghostbusters II/Bride of Re-Animator), Puppet Master II sees the deadly dolls going to the grave of their master Toulon and reanimating his corpse with the last of the Egyptian magic potion. Skip forward a few months and a new group of parapsychologists ascend on the Bodega Bay Inn to investigate what happened to the Gallaghers, and before long they fall prey to Blade, Pinhead, Leech Woman, Tunneler, Jester and new puppet Torch – armed with a flamethrower, of course – as they need human brains so Toulan (Steve Welles) can make more magic potion to keep them alive.

Pretty much a retread of Puppet Master, Puppet Master II is a little less complex on the plot details although it does expand on the Toulon mythology. One of the major differences is in the puppet effects, which are Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Puppet Master (1989)


Puppet Master BR CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: David Schmoeller

Starring: Paul Le Mat, William Hickey, Irene Miracle, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Robin Frates, Barbara Crampton

In Puppet Master we are introduced to Andre Toulon (William Hickey – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation), a puppeteer hiding from the Nazis in 1939. Toulon is an alchemist and uses Egyptian magic to bring his ghoulish puppets to life, and just as the Nazis burst in on him he hides his creations in the wall of his room and blows his brains out.

Fast forward 50 years and a group of psychics gather at a clifftop hotel where Neil Gallagher (Jimmie F. Skaggs), one of their colleagues, killed himself after apparently discovering Toulon’s secret of bringing inanimate objects to life. However, as they investigate their friend’s death the group are stalked by the merciless killer dolls who will stop at nothing to try and protect their master’s secrets.

Cheap and cheerful – which really was the idea behind Full Moon Features – Puppet Master was released just in time to catch Continue reading

DVD Review: Sweet Vengeance (2013)


Sweet Vengeance DVD CoverDistributor: Entertainment One

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Logan Miller

Starring: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega, Logan Miller, Noah Miller

Sweet Vengeance (a.k.a. Sweetwater) is a Western set in the 1800s and concerns struggling newlyweds Miguel (Edwardo Noriega – The Last Stand) and Sarah (January Jones – X-Men: First Class) who have come under the eye of the self-proclaimed Prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs – The Patriot), a religious zealot who believes that the land belongs to God and he is God’s instrument on Earth so therefore all the land and everything in it is his. At the same time, the eccentric Sheriff Jackson (Ed Harris – Creepshow/Knightriders) arrives in town investigating the disappearance of two unfortunate fellows who had an earlier confrontation with Josiah and, as events unfold and Josiah’s brutality increases, Sarah is forced Continue reading

DVD Review: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)


Universal Soldier:  Day of Reckoning DVD CoverDistributor: StudioCanal

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: John Hyams

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Andrei Arlovski, Mariah Bonner

After his wife and young daughter are brutally murdered by Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme – Death Warrant/A.W.O.L.) during a home invasion, John (Scott Adkins – The Expendables 2) awakens from a coma suffering from amnesia and struggling to remember what exactly happened. But as he begins to piece together the events that destroyed his family he vows to avenge their deaths and hunt down the man responsible.

At the same time, Deveraux and Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren – Rocky IV/Battle of the Damned) are attempting to build an army consisting Continue reading