Marebito

May 7, 2018 at 12:07 am (7 Heads, Marebito) (, , , , )

Marebito – 2004 – Japan

Masuoka is a freelance news cameraman in Tokyo. He records a man stabbing his own eye out in a subway station, and obsessively watches the video. Masuoka believes the stabber is being tormented by a supernatural entity. In search of this being, he explores the complex of subway tunnels and crawlspaces beneath Tokyo. As he descends deeper, Masuoka discovers a cavern full of ancient stone ruins inhabited by a feral teenage girl. He takes her back to his apartment and names her F.

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Phantasm

April 5, 2018 at 2:20 am (9 Heads, Phantasm) (, , , , , , )

Phantasm – 1979 – United States

A dude named Tommy has sex with a woman in a graveyard. The woman transforms into an old man and stabs Tommy. Tommy’s friends, Jody and Reggie, attend Tommy’s funeral. Inexplicably, Tommy’s death is thought to be suicide. Mike, Jody’s thirteen year old brother, watches the funeral from the bushes. He is pursued by robed dwarves that look like Jawas, and sees the undertaker lift a five hundred pound casket. Trying to make sense of it all, Mike visits a blind fortune teller. She orders Mike to stick his hand in a box. When the box burns him, she says “Fear is the killer.” This scene is a reference to the “Gom Jabbar” from the novel Dune (1965).

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Puppet Master: Axis of Evil

April 5, 2018 at 2:13 am (4 Heads, Puppet Master: Axis of Evil) (, , , , , )

Puppet Master: Axis of Evil – 2010 – United States

Puppet Master: Axis of Evil is the 9th entry in the Puppet Master series. It is set in 1939, immediately following the suicide of Andre Toulon in the first Puppet Master movie. Clips from the original Puppet Master are shown.

Danny Coogan is a young man who desperately wants to enlist in the U.S. Army and kill Nazis. After suffering from polio, he has a permanent limp and cannot serve, which has made him depressed and bitter. He meets the puppet maker Andre Toulon just before Toulon’s mysterious suicide. After Toulon’s death, Danny investigates the old man’s puppets and discovers their magic secret. He also discovers a Nazi plot to blow up an American bomb factory. With the help of his girlfriend and Toulon’s living puppets, Danny busts up a Nazi and Japanese spy ring. The movie ends on a cliffhanger, setting up a sequel that I’ll probably never watch.

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The Demons of Ludlow

April 5, 2018 at 2:08 am (4 Heads, Demons of Ludlow) (, , )

The Demons of Ludlow – 1983 – United States

Ludlow is a New England village with a population of 47. During the town’s bicentennial celebration, a mysterious white piano appears in the town hall. Rumors among the townies suggest the piano is part of a curse related to Ludlow’s colonial era history. Soon, ghosts in powdered wigs, two hundred year old clothes, and grotesque pasty makeup appear and begin murdering people. Ludlow’s mayor conceals the crimes to protect the town’s tourist reputation. Meanwhile, a young investigative reporter digs into the town’s sordid past.

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Puppet Master: The Legacy

March 14, 2018 at 12:48 am (2 Heads, Puppet Master: The Legacy) (, , , , , , )

Puppet Master: The Legacy – 2003 – United States

Puppet Master: The Legacy (a.k.a. Puppet Master 8) is an especially uninspired and lazy entry in the Puppet Master series. A hitman (presumably employed by some shadowy government agency) is seeking Andre Toulon’s secret formula for immortality. She follows clues to the Bodega Bay Inn, the site of several other Puppet Master movies. There she meets and violently interrogates a man named Peter—the new controller of Toulon’s killer puppets. Peter is the same Peter who appeared as young boy in Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge, but is now an old man. The hitman and Peter debate the morality of Toulon’s actions. Illustrating their pointless dialogue are extended clips from all the other Puppet Master movies (aside from the original Puppet Master, strangely enough). In the end, Peter and the puppets kill the hitman, then the puppets turn on Peter. Maybe. It’s not really clear.

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Vampire Hunter

March 14, 2018 at 12:43 am (7 Heads, Vampire Hunter) (, , , , )

Vampire Hunter – 1997 – United States

John O’Ryan is a martial artist and erotic pin-up artist. He has a yellow sports car, a motorcycle, a huge collection of ninja weaponry, and shelves full of super hero action figures. He and his wife are totally in love, and she is a babe. In other words, John is pretty much the dude that every dude wants to be—or at least every dude who would watch a movie like Vampire Hunter.

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Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

March 14, 2018 at 12:36 am (6 Heads, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor) (, , , , , , )

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor – 1985 – United States

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor is a spin off of Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi and a sequel to Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. Battle for Endor takes place immediately after its prequel. Cindel, the young heroine of Caravan of Courage, and her family are living with the bear-like ewoks on the forest moon of Endor. Cindel’s father is repairing the family spaceship so they can leave the planet and go home. Five minutes later, the ewok village is ravaged by reptilian barbarians with lasers. Cindel’s entire family is killed, and all the ewoks are abducted. Only Cindel and her ewok pal Wicket manage to escape.

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Retro Puppet Master

March 14, 2018 at 12:30 am (5 Heads, Retro Puppet Master) (, , , , , , )

Retro Puppet Master – 1999 – United States

Retro Puppet Master (a.k.a Puppet Master 7) is a prequel to the original Puppet Master. Like Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge, Retro Puppet Master details the young life of puppet maker Andre Toulon. In this movie, Toulon is a young man running a puppet theater in early 20th century Paris. One night, a wounded Egyptian sorcerer arrives at his door. Before the sorcerer dies, he teaches Toulon a magic spell to animate puppets using the souls of the dead. Soon after, evil Egyptian demons (in sunglasses and bowler hats) arrive to kill Toulon and destroy the spell forever. They zap Toulon’s friends with magic and kidnap his girlfriend. Toulon transfers the souls of his friends into puppets. Together they go kill the demons.

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I Eat Your Skin

February 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm (4 Heads, I Eat Your Skin) (, , , , , )

I Eat Your Skin – 1964 – United States

A playboy novelist named Tom travels to a Caribbean island to write a new novel about voodoo. With him is Duncan, his money-obsessed editor, and Duncan’s swinging wife Coral. On the island, a scientist is researching a cure for cancer. He experiments on the island’s voodoo-practicing natives, transforming them into crusty-faced, bug-eyed zombies. The zombies kidnap the scientist’s daughter, and the novelist Tom brawls through them to rescue her. When the zombies overrun the island, Tom and his group escape in a boat. The scientist somehow overloads his laboratory equipment and makes the entire island explode. All the islanders and the zombies presumably die.

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Curse of the Puppet Master

February 25, 2018 at 9:51 pm (6 Heads, Curse of the Puppet Master) (, , , , , , )

Curse of the Puppet Master – 1998 – United States

Dr. Magrew (who isn’t a real doctor) runs a museum of curiosities somewhere in the South. In his collection are Andre Toulon’s living puppets, which are now friendly and domesticated. Obsessed with making a living puppet of his own, Magrew hires a local woodcarver named Robert “Tank” Winsley to carve the perfect puppet body. Robert is a dimwitted but talented carver, and he begins carving the puppet with possessed fury. The plot thickens as local police question Magrew about the disappearance of his last assistant—another woodcarver. Also, Robert and Jane, Magrew’s daughter, fall in love. Magrew opposes the relationship and says ominously to Jane, “Don’t get attached to Robert. He might not be around forever.” Eventually, Robert finishes carving the puppet, which looks like a 1950s-style robot. Magrew lures Robert into a magic ritual and transfers Robert’s soul into the puppet. Enraged at Magrew’s betrayal, Robert shoots a lightning bolt from his robot arm and incinerates Magrew. The movie ends suddenly as Jane witnesses the murder and screams, “ROBERT! NO!”

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