DVD Review: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich was directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund from a screenplay by S. Craig Zahler and stars Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Pare, Barbara Crampton and Udo Kier. The movie follows Edgar who decides to sell a nefarious looking puppet at a convention, all hell breaks loose when the puppets come alive and go on a killing spree.

The movie follows Edgar (Thomas Lennon), a recently divorced comic book nerd who finds a mint condition Blade puppet in his parent’s home and decides to sell it at a convention celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. He takes his friends Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and Markowitz (Nelson Franklin) with him to an old hotel where other collectors have assembled to buy or sell these mysterious puppets. Hosting the event is Carol Doreski (Barbara Crampton), a former police officer who witnessed the terrifying aftermath of the Toulon Murders.

It doesn’t take long for what’s supposed to be a quick cash grab to turn into a nightmarish fight for survival when the puppets are reactivated by the sinister supernatural force that controls them and they start a whole new murderous killing spree. Detective Brown (Michael Paré) and a few cops show up but they’re not much help when it comes to stopping the dozens of bloodthirsty puppets on the prowl. Edgar and his friends elude the tiny serial killers for as long as they can while they watch everyone around them get slaughtered in goretastic fashion. Edgar and Ashley have a hunch of what’s behind this so they locate the tomb of Andre Toulon where they encounter the newly resurrected Toulon who has now turned into a monstrous figure that appears to be unstoppable.

What’s different about Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is that there was more money to play with that allowed some serious talent to hop on board. I’m talking from behind-the-screen, to in front of it, there’s some great talent attached to this movie. The modernized story was interesting and the main cast was fun to follow. I never thought I’d see the hilarious Tom Lennon in a horror movie but here he is and he does a fantastic job as the main character. There’s also the iconic Barbara Crampton who shows up for a bloody good time as well as vets Michael Paré and the legendary Udo Kier who delivers spot on as the sinister Andre Toulon.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc also includes some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I’ve been a fan of these Puppet Master movies and Charles Band since I was a kid and even though Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich took a leap from the Full Moon brand over to RLJE Films, the magic was still there. This eleventh installment in the long-running horror franchise serves as sort of a modern day reboot/sequel that allows fans and newbies alike to play catch up with Andre Toulon and his murderous mini-monsters in this fun new story. There’s a lot of creative kill scenes in the movie and gobs of blood and gore to go along with it all. This movie is a little darker than the others but it still has a sick sense of humor plus it introduces many more puppets along with the fan favorites that we already knew. There were a few puppets missing so hopefully they’re saving them for more sequels. Fingers crossed! All in all, I thought this cheesefest was a fun new chapter in this horror franchise and a great way of breathing new life into it. Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will be available on DVD on September 25th.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, cast interviews, puppet featurette, a comic book spotlight and a photo gallery.

  • Behind-the-Scenes of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (05:55)
  • The Cast of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (06:54)
  • Puppets: From Concept to Creation (01:43)
  • Lightning Girl Comic: From Sketch to Final (00:39)
  • Photo Gallery


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