Plausible threats, as opposed to supernatural or surreal ones, encompass all menaces whose existence can be or has been proven by science. Here’s a ranked watchlist of 413 plausible horror movies reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison. How many have you seen?
The horror puppet show!
Released one year after Child’s Play but with a style of its own, Puppet Master is the quintessential killer puppet film. The stop motion and the animatronics are basic; amateur even, but the character designs sure stand out. The writing is reeling, the audio is terrible and the cinematography often feels elaborated on the spot. It all takes place in a gorgeous hotel and it thickens the ambiance.
Our protagonists are psychics of various types. It’s an interesting choice, seeing as we already have our hands full with the actual puppets’ back-story. The plot is more complex than needed and, so, it feels like two or three movies in one, which won’t be a problem for everyone. There’s a fair amount of nudity and sexuality. This is a supernatural slasher from the 80’s after all!
There is little actual puppet action and what we get is barely decent. Young minds will appreciate anyway, but might reject the slower moments. Puppet Master is visually stylish and iconic. It’s especially creepy during and around the murder scenes, as each puppet reveals its unique powers and weapons. A better script, better editing, writing, blocking and framing could have improved this one.