"A box of little toys has just become a gang of little terrors. This is not child's play..."
Puppet Master is a low-budget, direct-to-video horror film produced by Charles Band in 1989 by Empire Pictures, but released through Band's then-new company Full Moon Entertainment (with distribution by Paramount). It is considered a Cult Classic and the company's breakout film, as eight sequels were made.The series mostly revolves around a group of puppets created by Andre Toulon. Andre found a secret Egyptian spell back in the 1930s which can bring things back to life. He used it on his puppets and sure enough, they were now alive. Nazis discover the spell and trail Andre all the way to America where he successfully hid the puppets and killed himself. When the puppets are finally released, they'll obey a certain person under their command unless their new master takes things too far.Needless to say, the series is campy, yet charming to most viewers and fan support has eventually led the first and latest films to be released on Blu-Ray in June 2010.It was followed by a series of sequels and a crossover:
Puppet Master II (1991)
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)
Puppet Master 4(1993)
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994)
Puppet Master 6: Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
Puppet Master 7: Retro Puppet Master (1999)
Puppet Master 8: The Legacy (2003)
The Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys(2004, crossover movie with Demonic Toys)
Puppet Master 9: Axis of Evil (2010)
Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012)
This film series provides examples of:
The Ageless: Applies to both the puppets and any human the spell is cast upon.
Canon Discontinuity: Though how it had to be acquired varied, the method to powering the puppets seemed to basically be brain juice up until Retro Puppet Master. From there it seemed to change to tiny amounts of Blood.
Clip Show: The majority of Puppet Master: The Legacy
Continuity Nod: Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys makes reference to the Toulon puppets fighting the Nazis in WWII, as was the plot of part 3. Though it's a big part of the series history, this is special as it turns out to be one of the few times continuity is acknowledged in Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys.
The Dragon: Blade is mentioned to be the de facto leader of the puppets, second only to their master/creator.
My Death Is Just the Beginning: Toulon kills himself in part 1, and his seems made to occupy one of the puppets in parts 4 and 5. Convenient or deliberate?
Negative Continuity: Oh GOD. Applies to how the puppets got away from Camille Kenney after Part II, how the puppets got from Rick Myers to Peter Hertz between Part 5 and The Legacy, how the puppets got back to Bodega Bay Inn following Curse of the Puppet Master, and most recently how they got back to Bodega Bay Inn between the events of Axis of Evil and the parts of the first film taking place in the present. Theories abound, but fans are pretty sure that the filmmakers just don't care.
Interestingly Fanon prior to Legacy made some sense, assuming that Curse came after Part II so the puppets didn't have to make 2 off-screen trips back to the Bodega Bay Inn
Nevermind the whereabouts of particular puppets between films, such as Six Shooter being made in the third film, which chronologically takes place before both the first and second movies but never showing up in them and many other such oddities.
No Ontological Inertia: In II, Toulon's reanimated body disintegrates back into a moldering corpse as soon as he possesses something else.
Nothing Is Scarier: Whatever Tunneler did to Carissa in the first movie. We know it involved her face, and she was still alive for a few moments after he stopped. When we see Carissa's corpse later on, her entire lower jaw is covered with leeches.
The Obi-Wan: Toulon's "ghost" residing in the Decapitron puppet to Rick Myers in the 4th and 5th films
Puppet Permutation: The plot of the sixth film, Curse of the Puppet Master. In the end, the antagonist succeeds.
What Could Have Been: Decapitron was a movie about a murderous robot that Charles Band was developing in the late '80s. While the project fell apart later on, Band liked the character so much that he got integrated as a puppet in the later Puppetmaster films.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The oriental puppet in the beginning of the first film. Although he was placed in the trunk with the other puppets, he was never seen again. Not even in the sequels.
There's also the maid of the Gallaghers in the first film. After being killed by Pinhead, she is revived by Neil Gallagher and shown briefly guarding one of the exits. After that, she's never seen again. You think a zombie maid would be a cause for alarm.
This applies to the human-puppetized Camille Kenney, who rode off into the sunset to kill kids at the end of part 2, the puppets in cages in the back of her truck.