Puppet Master 5 : The Final Chapter title

Tag line : Puppets Vs. An All New Evil!

Puppet Master 5 : The Final ChapterFollowing on from the events of Part 4, young Rick Myers (Gordon Currie) has been taken in for questing by the police about the mysterious deaths of his fellow co-workers at the lab and the deaths of his friends at the hotel. Needless to say, the police do not believe his story about little monsters and killer puppets, but finding no motive for why he would want to kill anyone, are forced to release him.

His new boss, Dr Jennings (Ian Ogilvy), does think there might be something in his story about the puppets, so decides to break into the Bodega Bay Hotel (the setting of the last film, and most of its predecessors) with some heavies and steal them. Hoping he can discover what their secret is and take credit for it himself.

But, it seems some of the little demons from the last film are still kicking about and so Jennings's men, Rick and his girlfriend find themselves fighting for their lives once more. Fortunately, the puppets, are still in the hotel, and are on the case, trying to hunt the creatures down, and so the group have to hope that the puppets get the demons, before the demons get them.

Filmed straight after part 4, the film basically carries straight on and serves up more of the same. Whilst it was good seeing the cast of the previous film re-united, as well as some interesting supporting cast members, including B-movie actor Clu Gallagher and British actor Ian Ogilvy, the film doesn't really get going until after the half way mark, and the plot proves to be slightly less entertaining second time around, being essentially a rehash of the last movie.

As you've probably guessed, this was intended to be the final Puppet Master film, only it turned out not to be the case as they decided to do another one a few years later. One other observation is that the Torch puppet, who was was strangely absent from part 4, is back in this one with no explanation as to where he was. But perhaps I'm over analysing these.

On a pure entertainment level, it passes the time relatively well, though isn't quite as good as part 4.

Overall Marks : 5.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Last of the "Puppet Master" films to be funded by Paramount Pictures.

  • The only instalment of the Puppet Master series not to have been originally released in the UK on VHS (prior to VHS tapes ceasing production)

  • Willard Pugh, who plays one of Jennings' men, also played the Mayor in "Robocop 2", he also appeared in "Hills Have Eyes 2".

  • Shot back-to-back with "Puppet Master 4".

  • Clu Gallagher also starred in "Return of the Living Dead" and the "Feast" trilogy!

  • Ian Ogilvy also starred in the classic 1968 horror movie "The Witchfinder General". He is probably best known for playing the role of Simon Templar in the 1970s TV series "Return of the Saint".

  • There were plans for a spin off film, entitled "Puppet Wars", but due to Full Moon Pictures parting ways with Paramount Pictures, who had funded all their previous films, the idea was shelved and not developed.

  • Jeff Burr, who directed part 4, returned to direct.

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