Film: Attack Of The Puppet People

A mad doll-maker turned scientist shrinks some hapless young people and makes them his living dolls. Directed by Bert I Gordon, this was originally released in 1958 by American International Pictures in a double-feature package with War of the Colossal Beast by the same director.

The Movie provides examples of:

  • Shrink Ray Although all the shrinking is done off screen.
  • The Fifties Clothing, slang, all of it is typical fifties.
  • Taking You with Me When the doll-maker is about to be connected to all the vanishing people, he decides mass murder/suicide is a better alternative to being alone.
  • No Ending Two of the dolls get back to normal and leave saying they're calling the police, but we never see what happened to the other little people, what the police did, or if the doll maker decided to kill himself instead of living the rest of his life alone.
  • Empty Piles of Clothing Averted, in that we never see the dolls in anything but doll sized clothes or a napkin. It's implied, as one states they saw their old clothes hung up in a closet.
  • Police Are Useless A detective is following the doll maker, but never catches him doing anything. He never even gets past the Not Now, Kiddo subplot, even when a little girl backs up the missing character's story.
  • Evil Old Folks Zig-Zagged. The doll-maker shinks people against their will, but he treates them very nicely, and mostly just seems to be lonely. Until he decides to Kill 'em All.
  • That Poor Cat He shrinks his cat to demonstrate the shrink ray, then shoves it in a matchbox and lets a little girl play with it.
  • Puppet Shows Only one starring the living dolls and a Jekyll & Hyde puppet.
  • Never Trust a Title The Puppet People are more like doll people. Also, they never attack anyone.
  • Special Effects Failure There's a lot of obviously cardboard backdrops, and cardboard set pieces. Most objects fail at properly changing size to fit the scale they're supposed to be as well, I.E. the rotary phone.
  • Chroma Key It's especially noticeable when the doll maker holds a shrunken cat.
  • Covers Always Lie The dog attacking the couple on the cover is a totally different dog than the one in the film.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never learn what happened to four of the six puppet people.