The film begins a year after the events of the original. The puppets visit the Shady Oaks cemetery, to recover Toulon’s corpse, and reanimate it using the last of the Egyptian’s elixir. With Toulon alive, the puppets hope that he can brew a new elixir to keep them sustained. Toulon humbly pursues the formula, but to do so, his puppets are required to continue killing, as blood and brain tissue are the key ingredients.
After slaying the Bodega Bay Inn’s owner, Megan Gallagher, Toulon unofficially takes ownership of the hotel. A group of parapsychologists come to investigate the murder of the hotel’s owner as well as the rantings of Alex Whitaker, who has gone insane since his visit to the hotel. It is during this time that Toulon designs his latest puppet, Torch. After seeing one of the investigators, Carolyn Bramwell, Toulon is reminded of his wife Elsa, who has a striking resemblance to Bramwell. Uncharacteristically, he abandons the plan to help his puppets and instead looks for a way to unite with the woman whom he believes is his reincarnated wife.
Toulon plans to house his soul and Bramwell’s in two life-sized mannequins. He uses a combination of the elixir and a magic spell to place his soul into one mannequin, but before Bramwell’s soul can be transferred into the other mannequin, her love interest, Michael Kenney, rescues her. The puppets, both angry and ashamed that their master abandoned them, decide to kill him once again.
They use the remaining elixir and mannequin to resurrect one of their victims, Michael’s mother, Camille. However, Camille takes on a sadistic personality and has the puppets locked away, except for Torch, who shares her disgust for children. It is suggested that Camille uses the puppets to terrorize institutionalized children.
Much like the original, the puppets are the star of the show here. Puppet Master II once again focuses on the set piece killings by the puppets. And in that respect it works perfectly. The film was made for a substantially larger budget than the original. And this shows on screen. As is often the case with Full Moons films of the period, the film is very well made. The cinematography is a step above most of it’s contemporaries.
The cast are all perfectly acceptable in their roles, although no one is winning an Oscar. As I stated earlier, the puppets are the real stars here. The standard of the stop motion is superb, given the budget. And the HD transfer used here allows the effects to shine. This is easily the best that this film has ever looked. And sounded, for that matter.
88 Films and Full Moon have once more produced a quality disc for your money. The list of extras is as follows:
- RESTORED HD 1080p 1.78:1 WIDESCREEN
- NEW DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo Mix
- ORIGINAL DD2.0 STEREO SOUNDTRACK
- SPECIAL INTRO AND AUDIO COMMENTARY BY CHARLES BAND
- ORIGINAL FULL LENGTH VIDEOZONE
- KILLER PUPPET MASTER MONTAGE
- RARE 1997 PUPPET MASTER ACTION FIGURE COMMERCIAL
- HD TRAILER
- FULL MOON TRAILER PARK
- REVERSIBLE SLEEVE INCORPORATING ORIGINAL ARTWORK & GRAHAM HUMPHREYS ARTWORK
- COLLECTORS BOOKLET
Puppet Master II: The Verdict
Overall, Puppet Master II is another worthy entry into your collection. 4.5/5 Fiends.
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