Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2019 and came up with ranked lists. Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
More puppet time!
This sequel isn't as artsy and is a bit more accessible than the original Puppet Master. It is still a visionary supernatural horror b-movie, and still takes place in that majestic Victorian hotel, but it goes out of its way and its limited location to push the gimmick a little further. It picks up where we left off and almost remakes itself.
The characters are deeper, more plausible and not all so overwhelmingly eccentric. It’s a good sequel but it’s definitely more of the same done a little better and with more background story. It’s great to see those memorable puppets come back to life, once more, and be given more screen time. They are the center of this, after all. Cool hybrids and a toy robot join their universe.
The special effects aren't terrific but they are a vast improvement. The riggers and puppeteers surpassed themselves since the original. The character of Toulon, master of puppets, has a great visual design and a rich story arc that complements what we already know about him as a monster. The slasher vibe has been reinforced by clichés but it works in the film’s advantage.