This one probably qualifies for the shortest amount of time sitting on the shelf before it was watched because my husband and I actually purchased Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich to watch the same night. We already have two different Puppet Master collections in our film library so we needed the newest to round out the series.
|We have to kill these puppets...|
and my wife is a whore!
|Da'fuq is this? Fuck this thing!|
On the flip side though, as much of a fan as I am of Thomas Lennon's comedy work, I really liked him in something a bit less comical. Sure, a film with murderous puppets has a humorous side, but I felt a weird connection with Edgar as a character due in part to Lennon's acting. The writing has high and low moments but some of the best are when it nails the natural dialog and ribbing between Edgar, his boss/friend Markowitz, and girlfriend Ashley. As a treat as well we are given Barbara Crampton as Officer Carol, the older version of the woman that gunned down Toulon all those years ago.
This movie is far from perfect and it also ends with a giant "To Be Continued" on the screen so if you were thinking of jumping into the Puppet Master series with this reboot then my suggestion would be to wait until you've seen at least the first four original films. Although I'm going to warn you, they're done by Full Moon so get ready for a bunch of reused footage from the earlier ones you watch as you go along. Even as a new start, this film is meant as a fan service. Whether you're a fan and you hate this or your a fan and you're down with the new angle, it's meant for you to watch it.
As of right now there are no plans that I saw for a sequel to come out. This one was done by Cinestate instead of Full Moon (although Charles Band was a producer) so who knows if they'll pony up with the other investors for it. Mr. Band has said that Full Moon will continue making sequels to the original 12 with as much continuity to that universe as may still exist so this can be a stand-alone if you want it to be.
I give Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich 3.5 copies of Master of Puppets out of 5: