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Puppet Monster Massacre

4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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A group of teens are challenged to spend a night in the Wagner mansion on the edge of town. Little do they know the owner (Dr. Wolfgang Wagner) has concocted a monstrosity in the basement and plans to make the hapless teens the creature's first big meal. This is The Puppet Monster Massacre, a wild and raucous love letter to the monster films of the glorious 1980's!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Dustin W. Mills
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Music Video Dist
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99SM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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...okay, maybe more than a few blocks. This one definitely isn't for today's kids, perhaps more so for kids of the MTV generation. A near-perfect homage to 80s monster horror, the Puppet Monster Massacre manages to take puppets where they've never gone before. And it works! Dustin Mills uses special effects, animation, and of course puppetry, to tell his story in a truly unique, interesting, and creative way--something most films of late are critically lacking. Perhaps most importantly, there's plenty of laughs amid the "horror," making this film more than just a simple tribute to those 80s flicks we've become so nostalgic for. Ultimately, Puppet Monster Massacre is a surefire way to ensure your next movie night is the most fun you've had with puppets (well, I hope that's the most fun you've had with puppets...but who knows what you do in your free time).
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Personally, I was a little disappointed with this film, I thought it would be funnier then what it was (I was expecting "Meet the Feebles," but obviously without a big budget). Despite the initial disappointment, all in all, I did like the film, and I would watch it again.
PROS AND CONS LIST:
Pros:
(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.
CONS:
(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.
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Actually, Puppet Monster Massacre is a damn good film that acts as a love letter to 80s-style horror with an adults-only brand of humor that borders on Meet the Feebles territory tempered by a Mad Monster Party premise. Even without the elaborate sequences of Feebles, Mills and his team managed to create a pretty close approximation of a fully-realized world with subplots and supporting characters that really flesh out the characters. Speaking of which, the film finds a group of teens who have been invited to a creepy mansion by Dr. Wolfgang Wagner who is preparing to unleash the forces of hell upon our world via a demon of his own creation.

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.
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Seriously folks, there is no reason you should pass this film up... save the fact that it is definitely NOT child appropriate (but the best horror films aren't anyway). Then again, like myself, you could always have movie night over at a friend's house if you have little ones. Once past that fact, I heartily recommend this film as a purchase.

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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