In PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, Edgar (Thomas Lennon), recently divorced, returns to his childhood home where he finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room. He decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.
Normally, I would stay far away from a Puppet Master movie, as I’ve seen them all once, and I feel that is definitely enough, but this was a sort of reboot, so to speak, starring Thomas Lennon. The story follows a group of people as they’ve traveled to a convention center where collectors of rare, nazi dolls are meeting to show off their wares. Of course, the puppets come to life, and extremely gory chaos ensues. One of the first things I noticed about The Littlest Reich is… that this is a MOVIE. So long has the Puppet Master franchise been saddled with zero budget that when someone puts a few bucks and a couple of recognizable faces into it, it’s a whole new ballgame. The Littlest Reich has a production budget, and it’s not afraid to use it.
One of the most touted aspects of The Littlest Reich is the gore. Multiple outlets have deemed this one of the goriest horror movies for a long time. Is it true? Well, it is a gory movie, but as to whether or not it’s gorier than anything else, I’d say not really. Based on what I’d read I was expecting a nonstop shocking nonstop gorefest, and what I got was a pretty gory movie in spots. Nothing that blew my skirt up the way I hoped it would. That’s not a bad thing, and that’s not the movie’s fault, it’s just how hype works. Don’t get me wrong, people die, and they do so in brutal fashion, but it would be too easy to oversell, setting it up for failure before it even starts. So we’ll state it just like that. Yes people die, and yes it is gory.
FOr the purpose of this review, RLJE sent me a 4K UHD/Blu ray copy of the film to view. Unfortunately, I haven’t purchased a 4K UHD player yet, so I will be reviewing the Blu-ray that comes in the package. The video and audio quality are excellent. It’s hard to mess up the transfer of a newly released movie, but The Littlest Reich looks and sounds exceptionally well on Blu-ray. I rented the film on Amazon for my first viewing, and there is a noticeable upgrade in quality with the Blu-ray. The video is showcased as a full 1080p(2160p for the UHD) AVC-encoded transfer presented in 2.38:1. The audio comes in the form of a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The disc does include a few pieces of bonus content, including some behind the scene footage, a sketch gallery, and more. Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is highly recommended for lovers of fun, violent, gory horror movies, and RLJE’s Blu-ray and/or 4K UHD release of the film is more than adequate.