Puppet Master 5

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.

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Maniac Cop

The police are supposed to help people.  We’ve been taught this from a very young age, and whenever stories on the 11 o’clock news about a corrupt cop, or an officer that has been charged with a crime – that violates the trust between the police and the public.  When you have cops like this one the street, you figure it’s just a couple bad apples.  But, when you have one on the streets that is killing innocent people and other police officers, that’s when you have a MANIAC COP!

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Puppet Master 3 – Toulon’s Revenge

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.

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Machete

For those of you who never had a chance to see the full Grindhouse double feature in the theater not only did you miss out on a hell of a gruesome ride, but you missed some amazingly funny fake trailers by Robert Rodriquez, Quentin Tarantino and a few other directors. One of those trailers was for Machete. The positive out-pour over the trailer was so great that Rodriquez decided to make the dream come alive. That dream was a lead role for long time bad guy Danny Trejo, who plays an ex Mexican Federale who prefers the devastation of a huge blade to the precision of a gun.  Those not familiar with the name should be much more familiar with the face and the work of Trejo.  He had small, usually bad guys parts in movies like The Replacement Killers, Heat, Desperado, and even as an Indian chief in Fanboys.  His scarred face and tattooed body is not something you easily forget, and now you get to see him as the hero which is a long time coming for the 66-year old actor who spent years in and out of prison.

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