Earlier today we pulled back the curtain and shared the first look at not one, but three new puppets from Cinestate’s Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, a reboot of Full Moon and Charles Band’s classic horror franchise.
Now, Bloody Disgusting has a handful of new shots from the panel, with some additional info on the latest entry in the Puppet Master franchise. The first, and most important being that The Littlest Reich is a parallel universe to the original Puppet Master films.
We’ve learned that it has a darker and more serious tone than the originals but with some lighter sides to it as well.
First word on the effects reveals that it’s 100% practical other than rod/wire-removal. Everything you will see actually happened on set. There were as many as 18 puppets used for the film with some of the puppets having various versions, animatronic & rod-controlled.
Over at Texas Frightmare, the team behind the new film showed off their newly redesigned versions of iconic Puppet Master villains Blade and Tunneler, as well as the first look at a brand new puppet that looks like a mix between a frog and a clown. The puppets were redesigned and created by Tate Steinsiek (“Face Off”), who promises lots of gore and lots of practical effects.
The cast includes Udo Kier, Thomas Lennon (Hellbaby), Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin (Scott Pilgrim, Jobs), Charlyne Yi (Cloverfield), and Alex Beh, with genre fav Barbara Crampton (From Beyond, Re-Animator, You’re Next, Sun Choke), Tina Parker (“Breaking Bad”, The Final Destination), Skeeta Jenkins and the great Michael Paré (Streets on Fire).
“Puppet Master: The Little Reich” centers on a recently divorced young man discovers a mint condition Blade doll in his deceased brother’s closet and plans to sell the toy at a convention in Texas celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose at during the auction when a strange force animates all of the various puppets throughout the convention as they go on a bloody killing spree.
Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, who helmed the awesome Evil Dead-esque Wither, directed from a script written by Bone Tomahawk screenwriter S. Craig Zahler.