Puppet Monster Massacre (2011)
doesn’t like puppets? Puppets have been a staple of children’s
programming for decades. Shows like “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet
Show” bring a warm sense of nostalgia to many adults who grew up
watching them. These shows must have done something for filmmaker
Dustin Mills, because he decided to take a page out of Trey Parker
and Matt Stone’s book; like the infamous creators of “
Set in 1985, PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE follows Charlie, a wimpy teenager who longs to re-open his late parent’s dime store…and to have a date with his true love, Gwen. Charlie lives with his war hero Grandpa, who dispenses obscenities almost as much as he does nuggets of wisdom.
Only it isn’t ghosts that the teens need to worry about - it’s Dr. Wagner and his pet monster. Wagner has been experimenting with creating a creature that will kill and eat just about anything and as it does, it grows bigger and stronger. Will any of the group survive the night? Will Charlie build up the courage to ask Gwen out? More importantly, will Ramie get to see a real woman naked?
PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE is a truly unique independent film. Shot with puppets, models and some quality CGI environments, PMM is a fun film that pays homage to many of the 80’s horror films. The characters are very two dimensional and the plot is mostly predictable. However, Mills’ film has lots of funny, though crude, humor. It also has the unique distinction of being one of the most violent puppet films ever made…. Granted, there isn’t a huge field for ultra-violent puppet movies, but PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE is definitely up there. The film even manages to work in nudity and sex, in all its felty, puppet goodness, to go along with the adult humor and violence. In the end, PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE is a fun movie for anyone who’s looking for something a little different. The horror isn’t really scary, but it is funny and the production values of the film are high enough that it looks really good. The film does have some issues with the sound quality. While not terrible, the volume does tend to rise and fall from scene to scene. Also, the female voice actors came across much more flat and dead pan than the male ones. Whether this was intentional or not, it made the dialogue awkward at times. Overall though, PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE is a fun film for horror fans who are looking for something offbeat and humorous. So check out PUPPET MONSTER MASSACRE for yourself. After all, it’s no strings attached right?
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