Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 28th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Dustin Mills
Writer: Dustin Mills
Cast: Steve Rimpici, Bart Flynn, Ethan Holey, Erica Kisseberth, Dustin Mills, Brandon Salkil
DVD released: July 26th, 2011
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Dustin Mills Product
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
In short this film can be summed up as a horror themed film populated by puppets.
Plot wise, this film follows your standard body count narrative. After a very basic setup which puts in motion the reasoning behind, why five individuals would accept an invitation to spend the night in a strangers mansion (think The House on Haunted Hill). Then the story starts to pick up as the body count starts to rise. And to this film’s credit the kills scenes are surprisingly gory and often brutal.
Let’s be honest, anyone who goes into a film knowing that it is populated by puppets and is expecting something that is grounded in reality. They are bound to be in for a rude awakening. Also whatever preconceived thoughts that you have about films that are populated by puppets, should be thrown out the window. These are no your garden verity puppets, they are fouled mouthed and like to fornicate.
There is a crudeness to the film’s visuals that lends itself perfectly to the story at hand. Especially an animated flashback sequence that reveals the sinister reason for gathering these five individuals at this remote mansion.
And while this film is rooted within the horror genre. Humor plays an integral part in the overall scheme of things. And thankfully the humor rarely misses the mark. Performance wise things are not as cut and dry to evaluate, since puppets emotions are pretty vague. This puts a lot of weight on the shoulders of the voice actors, who all are deliver enthusiastic performances. Ultimately The Puppet Monster Massacre is a demented and at times delirious take of 1980’s horror films.
The Puppet Monster Massacre is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp and there are no problems with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. With the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack being well represented.
Extras consist of two brief segments for discarded monster designs and two audio commentaries, the first audio commentary with director Dustin Mills and the second audio commentary with assistant director Brandon Salkil and Dustin Mills. Both audio commentaries cover technical areas of this production as well as things that have influenced this production like Evil Dead, Family Guy and the animation sequence in Kill Bill. Overall The Puppet Monster Massacre gets a first rate DVD release.