Puppet Master is one of the longest-running horror franchises, but you rarely hear it mentioned with the same reverent tones as Halloween, Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s the story of a puppeteer named Andre Toulon who, in World War II, brought his creations to life to murder Nazis. Years later, his puppets did the bidding of whoever owned them, and were - depending on the movie - either ruthlessly evil or violent antiheroes.
Over the course of 12 or 13 straight-to-video movies (whether Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys counts or not is a matter of some debate), the puppets have slaughtered lots of people and became minor genre icons. But even the earlier, better Puppet Master films weren’t particularly great and a reboot was not only inevitable, but also a welcome opportunity to give what could have been a great series the opportunity to finally achieve that greatness.