Saturday, December 15, 2018

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

Synopsis: Recently divorced comic shop worker (and writer), Edgar moves back in with his parents to regroup. While there he reconnects with a friend's younger sister and starts a relationship. Looking to make some money, Edgar decides to auction his deceased brother's puppet. The pair and his best friend/boss head to a convention centered around grisly murders that happened 30 years ago. Soon the puppets come to live and a blood bath ensues.

The Good: I really like the cast. Thomas Lennon is a great lead and Jenny Pellicer does a nice job as his love interest. Nelson Franklin is entertaining as Markowitz and Skeeta Jenkins cracked me up as Cuddly Bear. It was also nice to see scream queen, Barbara Crampton, in the film. Udo Kier was creepy as Toulon, though he definitely sounded German and not French. As far as the horror aspects of this film go, it's pretty brutal and times and pulls no punches. There are two deaths in particular that stand out (one involving a pregnant woman and the other a kid). I also like that even though this is a horror movie there were comic book elements. Lennon's character quickly figures out what's going on because he creates fantastic stories for a living. 

The Bad: This movie is mean. Because the Nazi nature of the villains, a lot of the murders are against minorities. This is explained in the plot, but could still definitely bother folks. Also, there's an aspect of the reboot that bothers me. The puppets aren't unique. For example there are several different Blade puppets. I think this was a mistake, because what made the original pictures so good was that each puppet had it's own personality, even if they didn't speak. There's also a character that I liked that gets killed off needlessly that bugged me.

Final Thoughts: This was a fun (but nasty) film. I don't know that I like it as much as I like the originals, but it was an interesting reboot. The movie's ending is totally open and the words "To Be Continued" appear on the screen. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.

In Your Game: Instead of statting individual puppets, I figured I'd give base stats and then a chart you can roll on to customize it.

Toulon Puppet
AC: 15                           Attack Damage: See below
HD: 2                             Special: Stealthy, See below
Move: 12                       Bonuses: +2 to hit
Attacks: 1 per round     Terror: 8    HDE:  3

All puppets get a +4 to all die rolls to avoid detection.


  1.  Flame Thrower - the puppet can shoot a gout of flame 10', this does 1d6 damage and ignites any flamables (DC 10 Dex check to put out)
  2.  Blade and Hook - the puppet has extra sharp appendages that do 1d6+2 damage
  3.  Brawny - the puppet has an extra hit die, +2 to toughness, and deals 1d8 points of unarmed damage
  4.  Drill - the puppet can drill through solid material at its normal speed and deals an extra 1d6 points of damage on a natural attack roll of 20
  5.  Amphibian - the puppet has a leap speed of 18 and can spit poison 15' dealing 1d6 damage + target makes a DC 12 Dex check or be blinded until they wash their eyes out with water
  6.  Helicopter - the puppet has a fly speed of 15 and can attack with it's blades dealing 1d6+1 damage

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