It is a sequel few people asked for, wanted or could possibly have imagined. But the, er, cinematic geniuses behind Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich found a way to transform the stuff of dreams (nightmares?) into reality.
So what is Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, we hear you asking? The short answer is we have no bloody idea, and God curse the swinish face that made us try to comprehend it.
The slightly longer answer is that it is an extremely violent horror-comedy with Nazi puppets, marking the 13th instalment in the titular American horror franchise.
If you’ve never heard of the Puppet Master movies, don’t worry. Even the most devoted fans of the franchise stopped watching a long time ago.
The trailer, which landed this week, begins with the following warning:
Then things really get weird. This little dude:
Turns into a brutal murderer.
Along with, it seems, many of his friends.
A confused man who appears in the trailer poses one of the greatest philosophical questions of our time when he asks: “Why would anyone create a Nazi puppet?”
Perhaps the answer is to sell tickets to an intentionally offensive off-the-wall movie that claims to be a lot for even the most hardened horror fans to stomach.
Monster Pictures has confirmed that they have acquired the Australian/New Zealand distribution rights to the film, which was produced by Dallas Sonnier and written by S. Craig Zahler – the team behind Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Bone Tomahawk. It was directed by directed by Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund.
The Littlest Reich will have its Australian Premiere on Saturday September 15 at the Sydney Underground Film Festival, with screenings to follow in coming months at Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow in Perth and Monster Fest in Melbourne.
Critic Jacob Knight, from Birth Movies Death, might have summed it up perfectly in his review, describing the film as “tried and true shock cinema: wild, in your face, and meant to be experienced with the rowdiest crowd imaginable. The timid need not apply. ”