Reviews Review: ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ Ventures into Troma Territory Published 2 months ago on August 31, 2018 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet There’s something very muddled about the politics of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Usually when watching a movie about trapped hotel guests being massacred by clockwork toys the political intent of the filmmakers would be the last thing on the viewer’s mind. But this film chooses the Holocaust and the resurgence of Nazism as its central theme. This is a reboot of the franchise. Once sympathetic puppet master Andre Toulon has been retconned into a monstrous Nazi. He uses his killer creations to continue the violent persecution of minorities from beyond the grave. This is walking a dangerous line. As a fun horror movie it needs to show over the top extreme violence. At the same time it would be wrong for the audience to gain satisfaction from seeing these characters murdered because of their race or sexual orientation. Therefore the death scenes are made grizzly and disturbing. The practical gore effects are very impressive and graphic. Sometimes it ventures into Troma territory. Due to the extreme nature of these scenes this is the darkest and nastiest film in the entire series. It comes as no surprise that this is written by the screenwriter of Bone Tomahawk. Fans of the series will be pleased to know that there are plenty of new puppet designs. However the original classic puppet cast have been reimagined and look rather different. The movement of these characters mimics the charming Full Moon amateurishness of the original while still utilising modern special effects. The film just hovers over the line between exploitation and out right bad taste. There are attempts to frame the movie as having good intentions. At one point young German and American characters stand side by side to battle Fascist artefacts of the past. There is a clear establishment that the purpose of the story is to mock the Nazis. To use their own iconography against them and show that the Jews ultimately won despite attempts to wipe them out. However, this message is muddled by the lack of characterisation given to the minority members of the cast. Often the only trait a secondary character has is their ethnicity or sexuality. There are also tonal issues. A movie this bonkers should be fun. Instead it ends on a downer and a self-aware quip about reflecting our dark times. Surely killer puppet movies should help us escape reality, not remind us how bad things are. Barbara Crampton is in it though and that should be reason enough to check it out! Related Topics: Don't Miss Review: ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Descends into Revenge Thriller Territor Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Click to comment Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News2 days ago Official ‘Death House’ Trailer, Bloody Imagery, and Poster Awakens Hell News3 days ago ‘Halloween’ – The Face of Pure Evil Featurette Focuses on the New Mask News3 days ago Dakota Johnson Gives Her Soul to the Dance in New ‘Suspiria’ Clip News3 days ago Mezco Toyz Releasing New 15″ Mega Scale Talking Pennywise ‘IT’ Figure News4 days ago Featurette Tells the Story of Sabrina Spellman in Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” News3 weeks ago ‘Halloween’ Writer Danny McBride Has Ideas for Potential Sequel News2 weeks ago Rob Zombie Shares New Photo of Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in ‘Three From Hell’ Blu-Ray & DVD4 weeks ago Tom Savini’s 1990 ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Remake is Available Again on U.S. Blu-Ray News2 weeks ago New Video Takes You Behind-the-Scenes of David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween’ News2 weeks ago Church is Resurrected in First Photos from the ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake! Advertisement Trending Horror Lists3 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News1 year ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News1 year ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD1 year ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News1 year ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News1 year ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News1 year ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News1 year ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!