Puppet Master Vs Demonic Toys title

Tag line : The undisputed plasticweight championship of the world!

Puppet Master vs Demonic ToysFollowing on from what was one of the worst films in the Puppet Master series (ie The Legacy), comes what is arguably one of the most fun. Which sees the notorious killer puppets taking on the evil toys from that other series by Charles Band's Full Moon Pictures..

This film stars Corey Feldman as Robert Toulon, the great-grand nephew of infamous puppet master Andre Toulon (if you don't know who that is, go watch the other films NOW). Much like his late relative, Robert and his daughter Alex (Danielle Keaton), have also developed an over riding fascination with puppets and dolls and have acquired a set of his Great-Uncle's puppets, together with his magic formula, and used it to bring them to life.

I'm guessing at this point, that these puppets are a duplicate set, as he says he picked these up in France, whereas the puppets from the other films are still at the Bodega Bay Inn, in California, which would also explain why the Tunneller puppet isn't in this one. But anyways...

The bad news is that the company behind those Demonic Toy creations, Sharpe Toys or whatever they're called, wants him, the puppets and the formula for their own nefarious ends. Though this proves to be easier said than done, as their attempts to seize them are thwarted by Toulon's puppets, who burst into action when masked intruders break into their shop.

Trying to figure out what they were up to, they do a bit of digging around and uncover something extremely sinister with Sharpe Toys new range of Xmas Pals toys, which is going to make this Christmas seem more like Halloween for the poor kids across America (if you think your boss is the devil, just wait till you meet the president of this company) and only Robert, with the help of the puppets and a friendly female cop, Sgt Russel (Silvia Suvadova), with whom Robert has taken a liking to, can stop them.

Whilst the other Puppet Master films have been, more or less, played as straight horror films, the overall tone in this one is much lighter and there's certainly a lot more comedy compared to the other films. Though that's probably because this one was produced as a TV movie for the Sci-Fi channel, who were no doubt aiming for a wider audience. In fact, I understand that series producer Charles Band wasn't actually involved in this, although many of the regular production team were, and that he isn't too keen on this one.

However, I really liked this, and consider it to be extremely good fun, particularly where the puppets and toys are scrapping at the end. It's not as dark as the other films, but I think the humour actually works in its favour. Corey Feldman, who is no stranger to horror comedies, is aptly cast as Robert Toulon, as is Vanessa Angel (that girl out of "King Pin") who plays one of the evil company bosses . In some ways it kind of reminded me of "Halloween 3 : Season of the Witch", in which another fiendish corporation are making novelties that would give the kids a nasty shock on the big day.

But anyway, it's all good fun, so just enjoy the movie.

Overall marks : 6.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "Playtime is over. Now the REAL fun begins."

  • The film's budget was $2,400,000

  • An early script idea had somebody purchasing some of Toulon's Puppets off Ebay and storing them in a warehouse containing the Demonic Toys, but this was ultimately not used.

  • Only other film, aside from Retro Puppet Master, not to feature Charles Band's music.

  • The Puppets in this were not the same props from the other films, but replicas.

  • Only film to feature the Puppet Master, or Demonic Toys, characters not to be directly produced by Full Moon Pictures. Instead, being produced by the Sci-Fi (SyFy) channel. Though several of the film makers, like Director Ted Nicolaou and writer C. Courtney Joyner, have worked on previous Puppet Master and/or other Full Moon Pictures feature films.

  • Traci Lords was originally going to star in this, but backed out following budget disputes between Full Moon Pictures and the Sci-Fi channel.

  • Director Ted Nicolaou also directed the "Subspecies" series of films.

  • Series producer Charles Band wasn't involved in the film and doesn't consider it an official sequel.

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