People don't know this, but I FUCKING LOVE "The Puppet Master" not so much the first one, I've just seen the second one right now, the third one is ok, never seen the 4th but the FIFTH! I watched when I was like 12 and it was AWESOME! kinda....but not really. There's one thing that always confused me, please don't question why I've seen these movies enough to know this. So "The Puppet Master" starts off in 1939 a puppeteer Andre Toulon is putting some finishing touches on his puppets before he commits suicide. It's very important that I point out that he's IN AMERICA and dead at the END OF 1939! So then Puppet Master 3: Toulon's revenge takes place in 1941, 2 years after Toulon died, it also takes place in germany with the same puppets who are apparently all locked in a wall in a hotel until 1989 when the first movie happens! Let's not forget that Toulon is the main character in this movie and alive despite having killed himself 2 years prior. So I figure the best way to figure out what happened in that 2 year time period is the best way to find out!
So the movie starts off with the puppets resurrecting Toulon in Bodega Bay california by the Hotel where he shot himself in 1939..............god damn it. To make matters worse, Toulon's grave says 1941. Did the hotel just not notice he was in that room for two years? I'm mean that's possible it's a very very large hotel, so large that apparently you can not know a guest has paid his bill for 2 years! I would like to just pull some quotes from the plot summaries of these movies off wikipedia.
In 1939 Bodega Bay, California, an old puppeteer named Andre Toulon is putting the finishing touches on a living puppet called Jester. A living oriental puppet, named Shredder Khan, stares out of the window at Blade, another living puppet, as Blade scouts the grounds of the Bodega Bay Inn that Andre is staying. Two Nazi spies, Max and Klaus, get out of a car and head for Toulon's room but Blade beats them there and Andre puts Blade, Jester and Shredder Khan into a chest with the indian puppet, named Gengie, before hiding the chest in a wall panel. As the Nazis break down the door, Toulon shoots himself in the mouth with a pistol. Shredder Khan and Gengie were not seen in the rest of the movie.
Please notice where it says it's 1939, and Toulon shoots himself in the mouth with a pistol. Please ALSO notice how there is no mention of Toulon holding a gun in his mouth for two years threatening to shoot himself if the nazi spies advance on him, or any mention of him not being found for two years while he rotted away in his hotel room? weird.
Ok moving on Puppet Master 3
couple quick quotes since the plot synopsis has a lot more to it in this one.
The film is set during 1941
in World War II Berlin
In a small theater downtown, Andre Toulon has set up a politically satirical puppet show for children, starring a six-armed American Old West puppet named Six Shooter, who attacks an inanimate reconstruction puppet of Adolf Hitler
Here's a direct link to the page incase you want to check.
to add insult to injury Movie two tells us for SOME reason toulon was killed that same year in a different country!
They were all written by different people, and one has to wonder if the new writers read anything past the box cover of the previous movie? Psychics, hotel, Nazis, california gotcha!
I've officially drooled on about this for way to long. so quickly some things I liked about this one.
The Puppets are all cool, especially the new ones, the animation on the puppets is always good and the movie was made for 800K, which shows and doesn't show at the same time. The actors are terrible and the sets are cheap but the puppets are much better than you'd see in a production for 800K.
Things I didn't like EVERYTHING ELSE! the puppets are ancient egyptian magic, Toulon was traveling in egypt and a guy was like "here this is how you animate puppets" and Toulon's like "this is evil" and the guy convinces him to take it by saying "Think of the children" SERIOUSLY! This is by far the laziest script writer I've ever seen! The acting, to put it nicely, is terrible.
If you weren't fans of these movies growing up, you're certainly not becoming a fan now. If you were a fan, they're really not even good for a laugh. They're barely funny, don't watch them.