An Average Movie-Goer’s Review
No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post
I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.
Today we’re looking at the sequel to 1989’s Puppet Master, the aptly titled Puppet Master 2
After the events of Puppet Master, a group of paranormal researchers search for clues on what killed the psychics from the first movie. Meanwhile, the puppets have their own plans.
Related Article: Puppet Master (1989) No Spoiler Review
Is Puppet Master 2 (1990) Scary?
Puppet Master 2 is only scary if you already fear dolls because, unlike Puppet Master, the puppets in this movie do feel more alive. Interestingly Puppet Master films don’t appear to like jumpscares so you won’t be jumping in fear but you might be disgusted by some gore involved in the kills as the level of gore as stepped up, not a huge step though.
Overall you won’t leave Puppet Master 2 scared of the dark unless you live in a room full of puppets and you swear they definitely moved last night.
Puppet Master 2 is okay. The acting is pretty stiff in a lot of places, especially after a certain character arrives but I blame that mostly on the horrible dialogue they’re given. The movie tries really hard to shoehorn a romantic relationship between characters but it just doesn’t work.
The best parts of the movie are those that focus on the puppets. You get a real sense that the writers are trying to world build and despite them retconning some stuff, you feel like they have a real reason for why they did it. It honestly feels like the paranormal research characters were just an afterthought and there wasn’t a lot of work put into them so you’ll go from very interesting scenes to extremely boring scenes.
Overall I recommend Puppet Master 2 only if you watched the first movie, enjoyed it, and thought “but what’s the backstory on the man who made the puppets?” because this movie will fill in some blanks. Is it worth it? Ehh