Puppet Master 5 – the Final Chapter, isn’t the last movie in the series, but it does essentially end the initial Andre Toulon storyline. In fact there are now 5 more movies which use the Puppet Master name, the most recent being released in July, 2010. I’ve had a great time with the first four, each one adds it’s own mark to the series, but PM5 is the first actual continuation in the series from the previous movie. It takes place just a few days after the events of PM4, so you definitely need to see that one first or at least read my review.
With the 4th installment of Puppet Master we jump back to the present, well the present of 1993. As we know from Puppet Master 3, Andre Toulon has made his way to the United States to escape the Nazi Gestapo. In part 1 Toulon committed suicide at the Bodega Bay Inn to keep his pursuers from gaining the secrets to reanimating the dead. But his formula and research wasn’t completely lost. A group of scientists, including young Rick Myers, are very close to uncovering the secrets to artificial intelligence. To find it they must battle some strange little foes, but not the ones you are probably thinking.
Puppet Master 3 – Toulon’s Revenge is actually a prequel to the first 2 movies both set in America. Although the dates are skewed a bit (1 takes place in 1939), this one takes place in Berlin in 1941. A Lieutenant in Hitler’s army attends Andre Toulon’s puppet show and isn’t too happy with the material, namely the fact that a Hitler puppet is the butt of all the jokes. Lt. Stein confronts Toulon (Guy Rolfe) and tries to get information about how he is able to make his puppets move without strings. He takes some pictures of the puppets without Toulon knowing and reports it back to his superior, Major Krauss (Richard Lynch). Krauss and Dr. Hess (Ian Abercrombie) have been working on a way to reanimate dead German soldiers for help against the Russian army. Unfortunately things haven’t been going too well and they believe Toulon’s work may hold the key.
If you haven’t had a chance to read my review for the first Puppet Master you probably should before continuing. The original story leads into number two so it’s kind of important. It’s been a few years since the puppets rebelled against Neil and killed him. This time a few paranormal researchers and an old ghost hunter (Camille) arrive at the Bodega Bay Inn to investigate the strange events that seem to plague this place! They are following some pretty crazy claims from a mental patient named Alex Weather. Alex just happens to be the only person left from the group of psychics who came to the inn before. The only other survivor was the owner of the inn Megan Gallagher, and after we found out she was the true puppet master she was brutally murdered by having her brain extracted through her nose! So now who is the master?