Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003)

PUPPET MASTER: THE LEGACY can be considered either the best or the worst entry in the entire series. We begin with the beautiful thief Maclain, who breaks into the Bodega Bay Inn to steal the secret formula that gave Andre Toloun's puppets life. Instead, she finds one of Toulon's pupils, a German refugee living under the name of Eric Weiss. Her questioning brings on a heated debate over Toulon's true intentions: whether he was a selfless Nazi killer, or a cruel master to his puppet slaves. The new footage in THE LEGACY only constitutes a fraction of the film, and is used to frame a series of clips from each of the previous entries in an attempt to piece together some sort of cohesive storyline. Charles Band does as best he can to string the varying plots into a single narrative. In doing so, he removes much of the weaker exposition that littered the series, and is able to increase the puppet action using each of the best scenes at his disposal. The scenes are edited together well enough, although this naturally leads to all sorts of contradictions and inconsistencies. Newcomers to the PUPPET MASTER movies will enjoy seeing the best that the series had to offer, but longtime fans will find this entry to be entirely redundant and unnecessary.

Rating: 4/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 5/10.


  1. This movie is a train wreck and totally the fault of Band!

    He has free reign to edit the clips to his choosing and he does so, trying to excise stuff that doesn't fit the narrative.

    However, he includes the bit from 'Puppet Master 2' where Leech Woman dies and just shows her again later. Hello!

    Oh yeah, I watched this movie before the rest of the series. Thanks for that, Carl.

  2. i love how they started out scary puppets and then became super heroes-like. they just released the score box set... i love the music.


  3. I know there are sooooo many things wrong with this move....but I still own it. I have terrible taste in movies....I am alright with that :D


  4. I give him credit for being able to make any sense out of it at all, with as many differing storylines as there were. Richard Band really is one of my favorite composers in Horror, so many great themes (even if many are very similar!)

  5. underrated composer richard band is, i have many of the "full moon" scores... my favorite is the pit and the pendulum...

  6. http://mondobizarrocinema.blogspot.com/2010/12/puppet-master-timelin.html

    This is how you make sense of the time-line. Well, kind of.