Bloody Puppets

(Above: ‘Toy Story’? No it’s ‘Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre.’ Source: YouTube screenshot)

Horror streamer Full Moon serves up a special type of campy gore.

The subscription service’s 150-title library is populated with films reflecting the tormented imaginings of an adult child – or of a run-amok Rod Serling.

Full Moon’s latest offering is Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre, a feature-length compilation of the bloodiest scenes from its Puppet Master franchise, including new “moments of body-breaking mayhem.”

A wraparound plot provides the film’s rationale.  The Circle of Psycho Surgeons, performing pain experiments, hold a masochistic drifter captive in their hospital. He escapes, only to follow the call of The Gore Collector, “a sadistic curator of carnage” who’s looking for someone to take over his macabre business. He enters The Gore Collector’s training program, which involves watching the most stomach-turning moments from the 11-film Puppet Master series. Can he successfully complete The Gore Collector’s coursework?

As the franchise title suggests, the Puppet Master films featured anthropomorphic puppets brought to life by an Egyptian spell. Each puppet features a unique method of dispatching humans, although some of them are good guys.

Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre is the first in an eight-part feature film series called Bunker of Blood. Full Moon plans to release DVDs of each subsequent feature following their streaming debuts.

Producer and director Charles Band founded Full Moon Features in 1989 as a successor to his Empire Pictures Studio, creator of such horror films as Re-Animator, From Beyond and Ghoulies. One of Full Moon’s first pictures was the progenitor Puppet Master (1989), starring Paul LeMat and William Hickey, which you can stream from Full Moon or rent for $3.99 from Amazon.

Other Full Moon pictures available from the streamer include Demonic Toys, Dollman vs. Demonic Toys and Ooga Booga. It’s enough to make a kid ask for clothes for Christmas.

Full Moon, which also sells DVDs, offers several streaming plans: $6.99 per month; $18 for three months; $35 for six months (including three DVDs); and $65 for an annual membership (with six DVDs and $50 gift card).

Amazon Prime subscribers can get Full Moon as an add-on channel for $6.99 a month, with a seven-day free trial. It’s also available from Roku.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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