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Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) Rating:
- Andrew= 3 / 10;
- IMDb = 4.0 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 3.0 / 10;
Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) Synopsis:
The puppets are now at the hands of Doctor Magrew who is trying to learn the magic elixir of life himself by studying Toulon’s puppets. Magrew and his daughter, Jane, ask a local gas attendant to carve them a new puppet since he is a one of a kind wood sculptor. Not everything goes to plan as the main characters and puppets have to deal with some small town bullies and evil forces at work.
Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) Review:
Curse of the Puppet Master is probably the loosest movie in the franchise, if you’re following the series chronologically, it’s been discussed as somewhere jumbled up in between the original and the second movie. Being a fan of continuity I struggle liking the film for this reason. I do have a guiltily liking for two of the three main leads, being Dr. Magrew and his daughter Jane (not the strongest actress, but alright). The movie had a potentially strong story if it remained a little darker and risky, instead of being flat out silly at points with bad dialogue and decision making.
I also noticed towards the end of the movie that there weren’t enough puppet scenes either, seemingly they recycled some old footage they didn’t use from previous films in this one. It’s a shame since it either shows complete laziness or the just didn’t have any money towards this film. A lot of fans gripe about the Curse of Puppet Master’s ending but I thought it tied the story together nicely since it was an unexpected twist, which was fairly logical in accordance with past films. As far as it goes with the other Puppet Master films, I say it’s pretty much on par for the course, it’s not downright terrible but it can be very difficult and tedious to watch from the poor production budget.