Killer dolls seem to be all the rage. Annabelle is coming back for a third time and Chucky is being resurrected for the millionth. Among the toy collection lies one set of demonic toys that standout from the rest: Puppet Master. The campy 1989 cult classic has become a fan favorite thanks to the over-the-top kills. The memorable, individualistic, dolls will be hitting theaters late August with Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.
Announced via their official twitter page, Cinestate released the premiere dates for the newest entry in the longstanding franchise, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. This will mark the first time a Puppet Master film makes it to the big screen.
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will have a limited theatrical run but will be available On-Demand as of August 17.
This new reimagining will still have ties to the Full Moon Company with guidance from the founder, Charles Band. RLJ Entertainment acquired the rights and distribution to the films.
Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund will direct. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian produced Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich for Bonaventura Pictures. Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are also producing for Caliber. S. Craig Zahler penned the script.
“We couldn’t be more excited to take the series in a new direction while embracing all the practical effects and terrifying insanity that fans of the Puppet Master films love,” said Heller to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to ScreenRant, the film centers around a young man who finds a mint-condition Blade toy in his recently deceased brother’s closet. While trying to sell the doll at a toy convention in Oregon, mayhem ensues. The convention also marks the 30th anniversary of the “Toulon Murders,” which is also being celebrated. Something awakens Blade and the other puppets hanging around Postville Lodge and the blood bath begins.
“As a child of the ’80s and ’90s, I spent a vast majority of my allowance on Charles Band-produced films,” said Sonnier to the Hollywood Reporter. “Puppet Master was hands-down my favorite, and I had the movie poster on my wall and a giant standee in my bedroom. The chance to work with Lorenzo, Zahler and Band all at once on this new take is simply a dream come true.”
The new chapter to the ever-sprawling franchise will maintain the brutal yet comedic inventive kills fans came to love while developing the backstories of the past.
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