Puppet Master 2 was directed by David Allen (who designed the puppets) and was released in 1990, only one year after the first installment. It was written by David Schmoeller, who directed the first Puppet Master.
The evil puppets are back and are on a mission to bring their master back to life. In this sequel, a group of paranormal researchers come to the hotel to investigate its past, which is the perfect opportunity for the little devils to go hunting for human brains. They need a special fluid, only contained in the human brain, to keep them alive. They will stop at nothing to get it, led by a new member : Torch.
This sequel is basically a better version of the first film. It has a great opening scene in a cemetery, where the puppets revive their master. Though the lack of « puppet cam » was very disappointing, the puppets’ screentime has highly increased which makes Puppet Master 2 more entertaining tha its predecessor.
The pace is better than in the original though there are still a lot of dull moments. The acting has also improved and the story is overall more interesting. The puppet master’s backstory gives more depht to the character as we didn’t know much about him until now. We also learn more about the creation of the puppets and the magic behind it.
A new puppet is introduced, keeping the concept fresh and interesting. Torch has a great design and his weapon (a flamethrower) is perfect for some fun scenes. The new puppet is very fun and creative and a great addition to the group. In this installment, André Toulon is back from the dead and his make-up was excellent. Mummified Toulon (with and without bandages) was really fun to watch though it was unsettling that nobody seemed freaked out by his appearance.
There is definitely an improvement from Puppet Master but the promise of killer puppets causing havoc is still not completely fulfilled. Overall, Puppet Master 2 is superior to the first film and definitely worth watching. The Blu-ray released by 88 Films is, just like the first movie, a great edition as far as audio and video is concerned. It includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, an audio commentary and awesome retro toy commercials !