Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)

Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)

📅13 September 2011, 19:50

What continuity??

Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (1991)
Directed By: Dave Allen

The Prologue
So after Puppet Master II left us with all the dolls riding along with a human-like female puppet, the series decides to not give us a pay-off for that in, Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (this is a prequel but seems like more of a reboot). As a matter of fact the only way to make sense of the entire franchise after this film is to ignore the first two films. Ignore them because in part II a resurrected Toulon is an evil man, he’s far from it here. And then in the original Toulon committed suicide in 1939. This movie takes place in 1941, and he is still very much alive. Soo, yeah, BUT if you ignore all that (and I tried to) what you get is one of the better entries into the Puppet Master series from Full Moon Entertainment.

The Movie
Set in Berlin during WWII, the Nazi regime is attempting to develop a drug that will animate the dead, in order to use in the war effort. Toulon arouses suspicion as a Nazi dissident, and his secret is discovered. During a Nazi raid on his home, Toulon’s beautiful wife is murdered. Toulon vows revenge, with the help of his animated puppets. This movie gives a new perspective on Toulon and his “friends”.

So let’s just ignore all the plot holes the entire series has when you link each film together in the same universe. Let’s do that because as a stand-alone film, (or we can at least say 3-5 happened in the same time-line) you could be shocked to learn that Puppet Master III is actually a very well made and perfectly acceptable film. We get more of a backstory to the original Puppet Master and we learn how some of these puppets came to be. We also get the puppet known as Six Shooter, which tends to be a favorite among most Puppet Master fans.

On top of what I’ve already said is a very good plot for this film. That’s something this series tends to lack a lot of along the way, but I’ll be damn if this film didn’t give us an interesting plot that not only is interesting but it was shockingly compelling. It’s the good hearted Puppet Master going to war along with his puppets against the evil Nazis! This also keeps the puppets on the good side of the bad/evil line a whole film before it became official! So the bi-polar ways of our puppets have went out the window, and I have to admit it’s ten times better that way.

Richard Lynch also plays a hell of an evil bastard in the Major Krauss character. A character that would go down as the inspiration for the making of another puppet everyone seems to like a whole lot. So the thing is, these films will never be award winning films, but that being said this film rivals part 4 as the best in the franchise. And having two films back to back that are actually good is always a good thing (obviously), One could say Full Moon was on a bit of a roll at his time, and Puppet Master III was a prime example of it.

The Conclusion
Well it’s a strong story with some of the better gore effects you’ll find in a Puppet Master movie. You’d think Full Moon would make more of a big deal out of this one than it does. None the less, you can get it HERE from Echo Bridge. And remember you can get 1-6 as stand alones or in two triple feature sets. 

The Rating (6.5/10)        

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