Fangoria‘s Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a tour de force of gore and carnage. Even if you are not a long time fan of the serious our up to date with all the PM sequels, Littlest Reich provides a quick catch up for newbies to the series with its animated intro.
Littlest Reich acts as a reboot of sorts spearheaded by series created by Charles Band. The film centers around three comic book nerds who go on a road trip to the 30th anniversary of the Toulon Murders. A planned auction of all the rumored possessed puppets to bring collectors, sellers, and dealers from all over the world. Bringing with them their deadly puppets. When an evil force reanimates the puppets all hell breaks loose.
The deaths are the real stars of the film. Everything from a puppet ripping out a baby from a pregnant woman’s stomach or the decapitation of a man peeing in the restroom as his head lands in the toilet, Littlest Reich has some serious “They really did that” kills.
All of the classic puppets make a comeback in Littlest Reich. Thomas Lennon plays our new protagonist Edgar, a recently divorced man working in a comic book store. His fascination with the macabre history of the Toulon Murders sets him up as possibly the new hero for the franchise. Turning the puppets into villains instead of anti-heroes like older fans are used to might be a dealbreaker for some, but it works very well for this film. These puppets are killing Nazis, this time they are the Nazis.
The film is the best of the franchise with better acting and much better kills. With that said HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Puppet Master The Littlest Reich a 7 out of 10.