1989 **1/2 88 mins.
Although Puppetmaster was intended to be a theatrically released film, it ended up getting pushed back, then ended up as a direct-to-video release. It proved to be a big hit in the home video market, though, and it has since gotten many, many, many sequels. It's not very well-made, but the puppets are just so cute and diabolical that you can't help but fall under its spell. This film begins with the titular "Puppetmaster" (yes, the title is written as one word in this one, for some reason) committing suicide. Many years later, a psychic also commits suicide, after becoming deeply involved in the Puppetmaster's work. A group of his friends, also psychics of varying degree, come together to investigate, only to become victims of the coolest killer puppets in filmdom.
Original intended aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated R for strong graphic horror/fantasy violence, a strong sex scene with nudity, and strong language.
Charles Band and Kenneth J. Hall
Joseph G. Collodi