Puppet Master 4 (1993)
I purchased the Puppet Master DVD 9-pack for $5 at a K-Mart in Houghton Lake, Michigan. To be honest, I had no idea that the series was so successful with nine films -actually eleven films made, but I’ll fork out a finski for this much entertainment. Puppet Master 4 (1993) might be considered the Halloween III of the lot. It shift gears with the puppets playing the good guys much like Arnold’s Terminator in T2: Judgement Day (1991). PM3 also had the puppets protecting the puppet master. In PM4, the villain is the Skeletor-like Egyptian sorcerer Sutekh hellbent on punishing the legacy of André Toulon. David Allen (b. 1944, d. 1999) is back, supervising the puppet effects, and introducing two new creations: a super cool ornate tribal totem demon (actually there are a few), shown below, and the remarkable Decapitron which serves as an Avatar for André Toulon’s spirit. The resurrection of Decapitron is a highlight and fans of the Universal Frankenstein series will likely enjoy the homage. I love Decapitron’s Tesla coils and spark apparatus. The demise of the first totem is also grisly fun, with Blade, Pinhead and the Peter Lorresque Tunneler doing the hero work.
I plopped in this film to watch puppets battle demons and that’s what I got. PM4 features actor Gordon Currie as cybernetic engineer Rick Myers and Ash “The Panther” Adams (that’s what IMDb says) as Cameron the 1980’s dick-head. Think of the character Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer) in John Hughes’ Some Kind of Wonderful (1987). PM4 is light entertainment that delivers what it proposes “When bad puppets turn good”. Now I have 8 more to go….
Check out this original puppet that sold for $3,200.00.
Totem Puppet Sold