Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Repugnant Review: Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (2004) - Ted Nicolaou

Directed by Ted Nicolaou

Written by C. Courtney Joyner

Starring Corey Feldman, Vanessa Angel, Danielle Keaton

I'm actually surprised I haven't written an article about the Puppet Master films yet, but given Christmas and personal nostalgia for the holidays, Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys instantly came to mind. PMvsDT is considered the worst Puppet Master movie in its long line of films. I don't disagree with that, because it is pretty bad, but for me, it's one of those films that fall into the "so bad it's good" genre. I also have history with the film, and every time the holiday season comes around, I think of this movie.

December 18th, 2004: The SciFi channel premiered Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, a very silly Christmas horror film brought to you by none other than Charles Band, and his film company Full Moon Entertainment. I remember staying up late to watch it. The Puppet Master franchise is one of my favorites, and with Christmas around the corner, there was no way I was going to miss this. PMvsDT stars Corey Feldman as Robert Toulon, the great nephew of Andre Toulon. Robert, and his daughter, played by Danielle Keaton, revive the Puppets after they figure out Andre's old formula. A giant corporate toy company then wants to steal the formula, and with the Demonic Toys help, will unleash killer toys to all the children of the world on Christmas Day. The plot is incredibly similar to Halloween 3, but not executed all that well. The acting is completely wretched, especially Corey Feldman playing an older guy with incredibly fake grey hair. Nothing is as horrible as the actress who plays his daughter though. Where Corey Feldman over acts, or, over reacts in every scene he's in; She under acts, and doesn't react to anything. There's a scene in the movie I laugh at every time where his daughter sees that his lab on fire, and she lets out this monotone "Oh No" before extinguishing the fire. I'd honestly have wild and goofy acting in my films than stale, wooden acting. The special effects are really bad too. The movements on the Puppets were very jerky and stiff. It was almost as if the they just tied wires to the hands and head and twisted them around. Another hilarious bit of the film, is when the Puppets are given cyborg make overs. They look like little micro-budget Terminator villains.

As bad as it is, I enjoy it. I always get a little grin when I see Blade, Pinhead, Jester, and Six Shooter going around and causing mayhem. Puppet Master is a childhood franchise of mine, and it holds a lot of nostalgic value. So the way I view Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys is that, it may be shitty, but it's a very entertaining bad-movie. Between Corey Feldman's over-acting, the very goofy special effects, and the over-used plot, it's a laugh fest, and it's also a Christmas movie, which adds an even bigger camp factor to this movie. It's worth a watch, and whether you like it or hate it, there are some hilariously bad moments in this. If my 13 year old self can stay up to watch this turd fest, so can you. Let me know what you think, and have a great new year!

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