Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Puppet Master 8 (2003)

You're probably familiar with the idea of a 'clip show': an episode of a TV program which is three-quarters recycled footage, strung together by a much smaller amount of new material used as a framing device. it's a common device to ease the burden of TV production.

Puppet Master: the Legacy is a clip movie. It sports maybe 10-15 minutes of new footage, in which a mercenary attempts to uncover Toulon's secret of eternal life. Her investigation provides the excuse to re-use substantial chunks from most of the previous 7 films (all except 1 and 5, unless I missed the snippets from those).

The film was released four years after the previous film, and a screen at the end dedicates it to 'all the fans who have made the Puppet Master films such a success'. A cynic - and I am one - might suggest that Full Moon were looking for the cheapest possible way to gouge some more cash out of the franchise.

Unsurprisingly, this is not a film I'd recommend. Even the lacklustre 5th film is a better option than this.

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