Puppet Master/Killjoy: 12-Film Collection [3 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 6541803
- Release Date: 11/06/2012
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Ratings & Reviews
Director Tammi Sutton's superior sequel to Craig Ross' dismal urban clown shocker Killjoy marks both an improvement over the original (on one-fifth of the budget) and the introduction of almost a completely new character, as Trent Haaga's portrayal of the titular bogeymen rises head and shoulders above that of Angel Vargas in the first film. A pair of juvenile detention officers and their streetwise charges head for the wilderness as part of an Outward Bound-type program, only to run into horror and death. Genre enthusiasts will recall the same set-up being used in Tony Randel's 1994 mutant-bug film Ticks, but it still seems fresh here due to both the subject matter and the relative paucity of horror films dealing with ethnic urban youths in the intervening years (the cast is almost exclusively African-American). After a shooting death and conflicts with the obligatory redneck (Sutton), the kids hole up in the home of an elderly voodoo practitioner (Rhonda Claerbaut), only to be menaced by Killjoy. Cult favorite Debbie Rochon co-stars in this entertaining horror film, which was extensively re-edited prior to release by executive producer J.R. Bookwalter to tighten up what he felt was a rather slow initial cut. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
A sunny Spring Break becomes a phantasmagorical nightmare when four hard-partying students discover a magical mirror that draws them into an alternate dimension inhabited by four frightfully diabolical clowns. That's right, Killjoy is back, and this time he's brought along Punchy, Freakshow, and Batty Boop for a frightfully fun time. When Killjoy draws the unsuspecting students into his strange world of nightmares, the fight to escape from the frightful fantasy realm begins. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
In this tense horror outing Toulon, a puppet maker, discovers an ancient Egyptian potion and uses it to bring his creations to life. Unfortunately, he is a rather twisted fellow and his puppets become murderous little demons who escape. Distraught, the master takes his life. Years later, psychics tune into the existence of the monstrous marionettes and set off to stop them. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Retro Puppet Master
The Puppetmaster Andre Toulon (Greg Sestero) battles supernatural forces in order to rescue loved ones., Rovi
Puppet Master: The Legacy
As a young boy, Eric Weiss was saved from a grim fate at the hands of Hitler's SS by a kindly toymaker named Andre Toulon. Fascinated with the toymaker's seemingly supernatural ability to breathe life into his carefully crafted figurines, Eric spends his entire life attempting to unlock the secret behind the toymaker's magic. Just when it seems that Eric may have perfected the ability to create artificial life, a rogue agent named Maclain breaks into his lab and tortures the new puppet master in hopes of extracting the valuable secret. Time itself seems to stand still as the present meets the past, and the bloody legacy of the murderous puppets is revealed in an act so shocking that it may destroy the very souls of all involved. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
The Puppet Master saga continues in this tale set during the most intense days World War II, and following a young man who uses Mr. Toulan's puppets to strike at the heart of the Nazi regime. Danny Coogan (Levi FIehler) longs to fight for his country, but thanks to Polio he's stuck working at the Bodega Bay Inn as his older brother Don (Taylor M. Graham) fights for the Allies overseas. During a visit with hotel guest Andre Toulan (William Hickey), Danny notices that the elderly puppeteer's creations seem to have a mind of their own. Intrigued, he later returns to Andre's room for another visit, and is nearly trampled by a pair of SS henchmen Max (Tom Sandoval) and Klaus (Aaron Riber) making a hasty escape. Andre is dead, and now the puppets have selected Danny as their new master. Later, Danny begins to suspect that his girlfriend Beth (Jenna Gallaher)'s co-worker may have been one of the assassins responsible for Andre's death, and uncovers a plot between the Nazis and Japanese agent Ozu (Ada Chao) to destroy the manufacturing plant where Beth is employed. Perhaps with a little help from the puppets, Andre may be able to help prevent Axis forces from gaining the upper hand at a crucial turning point in the war. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Puppet Master 5
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III director Jeff Burr takes the helm for this installment of the enduring puppet horror series concerning a greedy doctor who seeks exploit Puppet Master Rick's magic for his own gain. Dr. Jennings has a diabolical plan to make a mint by selling Blade and friends to the military for use as weapons. Meanwhile, as Dr. Jennings breaks into the Bodega Inn to steal the puppets, malevolent pharaoh Sutec sends his evil puppet Totem on a mission to dispatch Puppet Master Rick and harness the power his magic. With the evil doctor closing in from one side and Totem gaining ground on the other, Blade, Jester, Torch, Six-Shooter, Pinhead, and Tunneler race to resurrect Decapitron in order to save their master, and prevent his magic from falling into the wrong hands. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
A lot of kids think clowns are scary, but a bunch of adults discover just how frightening the wrong kind of clown can be in this horror opus. After the girl he loves is stolen away by a thuggish gang member, a young man uses the forces of evil to bring to life Killjoy (Angel Vargas), a clown doll he owned as a child. The young man is killed before the spell can fully take effect, but Killjoy soon comes to life to wreak a horrible revenge on the people who killed his master. Killjoy also stars William L. Johnson, Vera Yell, and Napiera Danielle Groves. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Puppet Master 2
The supernaturally animated demonic puppet creations of a mad puppeteer spring back to life in hopes of reanimating their master with an ancient Egyptian formula that utilizes brain serum in this gory horror thriller. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Puppet Master 3: Toulon's Revenge
This entry in the horror thriller series shows how the mad French puppeteer Toulon created his supernaturally animated demonic marionettes. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Curse of the Puppet Master
A renegade scientist and a young woodcarver join forces in an attempt to recapture Puppet Master Rick's magic, but soon find their human experiments spiraling into disaster. As Dr. Magrew's "House of Marvels" echoes with the screams of his unfortunate victims, the puppets sit idly by, awaiting the perfect moment to strike. Only they can stop the Dr. Magrew's diabolical quest for power, but in order to succeed the puppets must act quickly. A renegade scientist and a young woodcarver join forces in an attempt to recapture Puppet Master Rick's magic, but soon find their human experiments spiraling into disaster. As Dr. Magrew's "House of Marvels" echoes with the screams of his unfortunate victims, the puppets sit idly by, awaiting the perfect moment to strike. Only they can stop the Dr. Magrew's diabolical quest for power, but in order to succeed the puppets must act quickly. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Puppet Master 4
In this gory horror outing, the hellish little self-motivated puppets are back, but this time they working for good to prevent brain-fluid sucking demons from stealing their master's secret. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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