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CURSE OF THE PUPPET MASTER (1998) *

The true curse of the Puppet Master is that they keep making shitty sequels. I thought yesterday’s film, Puppet Master 5 was bad. Incredibly; this sixth installment is even worse.

This time out, a new puppet master is futzing around with the killer puppets. He gets a dim-witted Of Mice and Men style bastard named “Tank” to assist him in his experiments. Eventually, Tank discovers the new PM (Puppet Master, not Prime Minister) wants to turn him into a living “Human Puppet”.

Curse of the Puppet Master was directed by David DeCoteau, who also helmed Puppet Master 3 seven years prior. He must’ve totally forgotten how to make a decent sequel in the meantime because Curse of the Puppet Master is a total bore from start to finish. On top of that, it takes an inordinate amount of time before the puppets finally do anything worthwhile.

There is one good moment about halfway through the picture when the Drill Head puppet burrows his way through some guy’s crotch. Other than that, you have to wait until the final reel before you get to see any real gore. Even then, it’s a case of Too Little Too Late. Then there’s the final scene which deserves mention as being one of the most abrupt endings to a horror sequel since Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3. I don’t know if they were trying to set-up another sequel or if the money ran out (probably the latter) or what but the flick just stops on a fucking dime right when something cool happens and the credits roll.

Sadly, even MORE sequels followed!

AKA: Curse of the Puppet Master: The Human Experiment.

Tomorrow’s Horror Franchise Movie: Ghoulies.

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