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Tagline : "When bad puppets turn good!"

Puppet Master 4A group of scientists working on an artificial intelligence project die under mysterious circumstances, after they're each sent a mysterious miniature statue, resembling a strange demonic creature (kind of like a skeletal "Gremlin"). Turns out these are not just statues but actual demons, who will stop at nothing to prevent humans from discovering the secret of artificial life.

One of the younger members of the team, Rick (Gordon Currie), is fortunate to be not at work that day, as he divides his time between working with the scientists, and his other job, being the live-in caretaker at the Bodega Bay Inn (the hotel from the first 2 films).

The hotel is closed for the quiet season, and Rick is expecting some company for the weekend. But unfortunately for him and his friends, he too receives one of these Demon statues through the post, and pretty soon they find themselves fighting for their lives against these miniature monsters.

The good news however, is that the killer puppets from the previous movies are still inhabiting the building and have taken a liking to Rick. So when the demon creatures attack, they quickly spring into action and start taking them out. Much to the annoyance of the chief demon, Sutekh. Also helping them is their former master Andre Toulon (Guy Rolfe reprising his role), albeit in spirit form, who has a very special puppet that will allow them to finish off the rest of the demons, if only they can get it completed.

Arguably one of better films in the series, this one seems less darker than its predecessors, as the puppets in this have gone from terrorising the cast to defending them. Though as I pointed out in other reviews, it could be argued that they only did bad things when instructed to. Also, as with the other films, there is a bit of a discontinuity between this and its predecessors. But that's about par for the course with these.

Another fun film, which found sufficiently entertaining. If you liked the other movies, you'll like this.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

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