Puppet Monster Massacre
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PROS AND CONS LIST:
(1) the story was entertaining enough, and for the most part held my interest. The movie was basically about a mad German Nazi scientist who created a monster, and he wanted to feed it people.
(2) All the backgrounds seemed to be done by CG/Green Screen, and it was done very well. In the past I've seen several independent films where green screen was used, but wasn't done well/ didn't look right/ didn't look real. For EXAMPLE the actors might have had a brighter lighting, but would stand out (too much) from the darker settings/backgrounds. However, that is not the same case with this puppet movie. In this film the puppets and the background (lighting/coloring) complemented each other very well. It looked real enough for what the movie was about/contained.
(3) The voices for the puppets (excluding one or two) were done very well. They emoted the proper emotions for different scenes. Most of the voice actors gave their specific puppets their own personalities.
(1) There were a lot of jokes, which revolved around farting and pooping (this can be a pro or a con depending on your tastes). Some of these jokes were funny, but there were also times I had said to myself, "god, another fart joke...really?"
(2) The entire cast consisted of puppets, and not real people, there were very few facial/ body gestures, which expressed emotions...only the puppets' voices conveyed emotions/moods.Read more ›
This House on Haunted Hill setup is only one of many Easter Eggs scattered throughout the film by Dustin, who also portrays The Hunter, The Sarge and (perhaps my favorite character of the entire movie) Raimi. As you might expect from looking at him Raimi is the hapless nerd of the film and a huge horror fan- he also happens to be one of the most entertaining characters of the whole cast. Other notable characters include the Aussie-accented Iggy and Gramps, though they are all pretty memorable. The only character I didn't like (ironically) is our "hero" Charlie who may or may not be a reference to Fright Night and acts as our point of view for the majority of the movie.
As you might expect, the teens are picked off one by one as Wolfgang's scheme reveals itself and, I must admit, Charlie does make up for all his whining in a big way towards the end which validates his weak-willed personality. The voice work is also noteworthy with Steve Rimpici hamming it up as the "mad" Dr. Wolfgang Wagner and Bart Flynn double timing it as both Iggy and Gramps.Read more ›
The film is an excellent blend of comedy and classic horror the likes of which keep us coming back to watch such films as "Wishmaster" & "Army of Darkness" (as just a couple examples) over and over again. Any fan of 80's-style horror needs to buy this film and watch it.
I'm already having trouble waiting for the inevitable sequel.
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