‘World War III begins on your toy shelf’
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a 2018 American horror feature film directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund. It is a reboot of the Charles Band’s Full Moon Puppet Master franchise. Band is the executive producer.
Italian composer Fabio Frizzi provided the soundtrack score.
Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar (Thomas Lennon) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Nelson Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip.
All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time…
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is released in the USA on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on September 25th, 2018 by Image Entertainment. The film has limited theatrical showings and on demand August 17th.
“While this film does make the puppets dangerous and evil again, serious it is not. As the casting of Thomas Lennon may have tipped off, this is the most overtly comedic Puppet Master film ever, aside from the Syfy-produced crossover Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys. That said, it’s still a film that will offend a good number of viewers.” Cody Hamman, Arrow in the Head
“If The Littlest Reich makes you scream and laugh, it did its job. But if it offended or exasperated you, chances are Sonnier and Zahler are going to consider that a gold star, as well. This is tried and true shock cinema: wild, in your face, and meant to be experienced with the rowdiest crowd imaginable. The timid need not apply.” Jacob Knight, Birth. Movies. Death.
” …this is not a politically correct film by any measure, recalling the glory days of Troma or South Park with its “anything goes” approach. I have zero problem with this, because I am someone who understands context and, unlike some folks nowadays, don’t walk into a movie expecting it to conform to my worldview and soapboxing against it when it doesn’t. Maybe those types won’t even bother watching it…” Brian Collins, Birth. Movies. Death.
” … brings puppet carnage and mayhem to insane new heights, unafraid to break every single taboo along their quest to fulfill their Fuhrer’s bidding. Even if you don’t like the original Full Moon franchise, I have a strong hunch this will convert you. Unless you’re easily offended, that is. Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will have you gasping, squirming, and laughing at the bold display of offensive humor and gore.” Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting
“The Littlest Reich is surprisingly cheap looking, particularly with certain effects where phony dummies and floppy puppets are obvious, although I suppose it means to be crude in a way. Considering the variable value of the twelve Puppet Master movies preceding this one, this entry doesn’t have a high bar to hit anyway.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“It brings me no pleasure to be disappointed by a brand new Puppet Master movie that has some of my favorite actors, screenwriters, and composers attached, but here we are. It’s certainly nastier and more mean-spirited than any of the original Puppet Master films, but the desire to shock does not a movie make.” Patrick Bromley, Daily Dead
“There were definitely some creative and imaginative kills displayed in this installment. Without spoiling anything, one involving a man and his own urine was quite entertaining. What I also appreciated was some decent practical effects […] Unfortunately, those are the only positive points of the film. The storyline could’ve been developed in a little more explorative manner.” Simon Rother, Horror-Movies.ca
“The entire movie is a delicate balancing act of humor and brutality that has come to be expected in the Puppet Master films. The Littlest Reich is a rowdy, crowd-pleasing bloodbath, perfect for old and new fans alike; a film that is wholly unapologetic for it’s depraved sense of humor and creative, merciless slaughter.” Jonathan Deehan, Nightmare on Film Street
“I’d have been happy to trade a couple of random kills for a bit more character development.the kills deliver on the gore and inventiveness. There’s plenty of new puppets, (though some franchise regulars are missing), in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, which means plenty of new ways to die. The puppets and the mayhem they cause are all well done, unlike most of the originals.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony
- Thomas Lennon – Santa Clarita Diet TV series; Monster Trucks; Hell Baby
- Michael Paré – Bone Tomahawk; Abbatoir; Amphibious; et al
- Udo Kier – The Editor; Suspiria; Blood for Dracula; et al
- Barbara Crampton – Dead Night; Replace; Beyond the Gate; et al
- Charlyne Yi
- Nelson Franklin
- Matthias Hues
- Jenny Pellicer
- Betsy Holt
- Alex Beh
- Skeeta Jenkins
- Victoria Hande
- Stephen Brodie
- Serafin Falcon – Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre
- James Healy Jr.
Dallas, Texas, USA
The film premiered at the Overlook Film Festival in April 2018 and RLJE Films plans to release the movie theatrically in August.