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Puppet Master 4
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Release Date

1993

Director

Jeff Burr

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Puppet Master 4 (Also Known as "Puppet Master 4: When Bad Puppets Turn Good or Puppet Master 4: The Demon) is a 1993 horror film written by Charles Band among others, and directed by Jeff Burr. It is the fourth film in the Puppet Master franchise, a sequel to 1991's Puppet Master II, and stars Gordon Currie as a youth scientist who, along with his friends, played by Chandra West, Ash Adams and Teresa Hill, is attacked by demons; the animated puppets of Andre Toulon serve to protect the group, similar to the role they played in the prequel Toulon's Revenge, rather than terrorize, as they had in the first and second films. Originally, Puppet Master 4 was intended to have the subtitle The Demon.

Puppet Master 4, as well as the second, third, and fifth installments of the series, were only available in DVD format through a Full Moon Features box set that has since been discontinued. However, in 2007, Full Moon Features reacquired the rights to the first five films, and the boxset has since been reissued and is available directly from Full Moon, as well as through several online retailers.

Plot

In the underworld, the demon lord Sutekh sends forth a trio of diminutive servants called Totems, magically controlled by his netherworld minions, to kill those who possess the secret of animation, including the magic Andre Toulon used to give his puppets life. It transpires also that a team of researchers working on the development of artificial intelligence are close to discovering Toulon's secret. Sutekh sends one of the Totems as a package to two of the researchers involved, Dr. Piper and Dr. Baker of the Phoenix Division, who are taken by surprise, killed and stripped off their souls by the foul creature.

One of the researchers, a talented young man named Rick Myers, is working as a caretaker at the Bodega Bay Inn and has also been using it for a place to conduct his experiments on the A.I. project. The same night Drs. Piper and Baker are murdered, Rick's friends Suzie, Lauren, and Cameron come to visit him. At dinner, Lauren, who is a psychic, finds Blade (who had been discovered earlier by Rick inside the house and is still animate) and then Toulon's old trunk, with the puppets, Toulons diary and some phials with the life-giving formula inside. Out of curiosity, Rick and his friends use the fluid on the puppets, and one by one they awaken; next to Blade, they find Pinhead, Six Shooter, Tunneler and Jester. (Torch, who joins the puppet cast in the sequel, makes no appearance here.)

Fascinated by the puppets' spontaneous reactions, and believing that the formula is the answer to the running AI projects, Rick wants to see how smart they are by playing a laser tag game with Pinhead and Tunneler. Cameron, who is competing with Rick for success, tries to use the formula's secret for his personal gain, and he and Lauren decide to use a strange gameboard found in the trunk to try and contact Toulon for its exact composition (the recipe of which was not recorded in the diary). But the glowing pyramid icon which goes with the board is a conduit between the mortal world and the underworld; Sutekh uses the link to send two of his Totems to attack. Cameron and Lauren attempt to flee by car, but Cameron is ambushed by one of the Totems inside his car and killed, while Lauren manages to get back into the hotel. When Rick looks after Cameron, the Totem attacks him as well, but he manages to escape.

But inside the inn, the third Totem, sent in earlier by package, is also on the prowl. The puppets, intend on protecting Rick, search the hotel and soon manage to kill one of the Totems in the kitchen and, through its supervision link, its controller in the underworld. Then Toulon's spirit, who has been appearing around the hotel all night, tells the puppets to animate the Decapitron. Under Rick and Suzie's astonished eyes, the puppets move up to Rick's room, retrieve a box which contains yet another puppet with a soft plastic head, and revive it with the formula and a lightning strike. The two remaining Totems attack to disrupt the process, but one is electrocuted when Six Shooter uses a wire as a lariat to divert some of the lightning's power into the Totem. Decapitron briefly awakens, and his head morphs into the likeness of Toulon, who explains to Rick the origin and the secret of the life-giving formula. The phial, however, turns out to be missing; immediately suspecting Cameron, Rick goes back to search his body, where he does find the phial.

Meanwhile, the last Totem corners the panicked Lauren and prepares to drain her life away when Suzie interferes and douses it with acid. Toulon speaks through Lauren, urging Rick to animate Decapitron to destroy the Totem, and Rick uses his computer to divert power from his generator into Decapitron, bringing him to life. As the Totem attacks, Decapitron exchanges his plastic head for an electron-bolt launching system and destroys the creature. Afterwards, Toulon speaks to Rick yet again, surrendering custody of his puppets and the formula to him and promising his help in times of need.

Trivia

  • The Decapitron puppet idea was taken from an unfilmed movie entitled "Decapitron", which was to have been a big budget picture by Charles Band's previous studios Empire pictures. However, the studio went bankrupt before the project got off the ground.
  • This movie was filmed back to back with Puppet Master 5.

Characters

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Credits

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Information from IMDB

Directed by 

Jeff Burr

Writing Credits  

Todd Henschell ... (screenplay) &
Steven E. Carr ... (screenplay) &
Jo Duffy ... (screenplay) and
Douglas Aarniokoski ... (screenplay) (as Doug Aarniokoski) &
Keith Payson ... (screenplay)
David Schmoeller ... (characters) (uncredited)

Cast 

[1] Gordon Currie ... Rick Myers
[2] Chandra West ... Susie
[3] Ash Adams ... Cameron (as Jason Adams)
[4] Teresa Hill ... Lauren
[5] Guy Rolfe ... Toulon
[6] Felton Perry ... Dr. Carl Baker
[7] Stacie Randall ... Dr. Leslie Piper
[8] Michael Shamus Wiles ... Stanley (as Mike Wiles)
[9] Dan Zukovic ... Delivery Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
[10] Albert Band ... Six-Shooter (uncredited)
[11] Jake McKinnon ... Sutek (uncredited)

Produced by 

Charles Band ... producer
Keith Payson ... line producer

Music by 

Richard Band

Cinematography by 

Adolfo Bartoli ... director of photography

Film Editing by 

Mark Manos
Margeret-Anne Smith ... (as Margaret-Anne Smith)

Casting By 

Perry Bullington
Robert MacDonald

Production Design by 

Milo

Art Direction by 

Arlan Jay Vetter

Set Decoration by 

Nicki Roberts

Costume Design by 

Greg LaVoi

Makeup Department 

Christl Colven ... assistant makeup artist (as Cristl Colven)
Michael Deak ... special makeup effects supervisor (as Michael S. Deak)
Palah Sandling ... key makeup artist

Production Management 

Mary Jasionowski ... production manager
Gretchen G. Wieland ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Douglas Aarniokoski ... first assistant director (as Doug Aarniokoski) / second unit director (as Doug Aarniokoski)
Brian Bettwy ... second assistant director
Dieter Busch ... second assistant director: second unit / second second assistant director
Richard Woloski ... second assistant director: second unit

Art Department 

James 'Pat' Satcher ... carpenter
Ernie Andrasik ... carpenter
Matthew Kern Atzenhoffer ... on-set dresser (as Matthew Atzenhoffer)
Jenny Beltran ... first assistant props
Booka Bikar ... set dresser (as Booka Bickar)
Brad Douglas ... set dresser (as Brad Moreno)
James Michael Drury Jr. ... carpenter (as James Drury)
Elan Evans ... lead scenic
Grant Garrison ... carpenter
James E. Georgopoulos ... carpenter (as James Georgopoulos)
Amy Good ... scenic assistant
Mike Jayco ... carpenter
Ken Lucas ... carpenter
Gay Perello ... property master
Doug Shaw ... carpenter
Tetsuro Shimauchi ... storyboard artist
Phil Storch ... carpenter (as Phillip Storch)
Barrington Terry ... set painter
Mauricio Tobar ... set painter
Pete von Sholly ... storyboard artist (as Peter von Sholly)
Scot T. Waldon ... carpenter (as Scot Thomas Waldon)
David Zachary ... art department coordinator
John Zachary ... construction coordinator
Ron Durant ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department 

Sarah Brady ... adr editor
Bryan Gladstone ... recordist
Eric Hoeschen ... foley mixer
Adriane Marfiak ... sound effects editor
Andy Napell ... re-recording mixer
Todd Orr ... sound effects editor
William Radcliffe ... boom operator
Doug Reed ... foley editor
D.J. Ritchie ... sound mixer
Lauren Stephens ... dialogue editor
Phillip Raves ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Alan B. Samuels ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by 

John P. Cazin ... physical effects coordinator (as John Cazin)
Chris Endicott ... puppet effects coordinator
John Paul Fedele ... lab technician (as John Fedele)
Audrey Goetz ... lab technician (as Audrey Mae Goetz)
Dennis Gordon ... miniature construction: Nemo Productions
Kenneth J. Hall ... lab technician
Jurgen Heimann ... special effects
Mike McCarty ... lab technician
Jake McKinnon ... lab technician (as Jake 'The Snake' McKinnon)
Kevin O'Hara ... additional puppeteer
David Perteet ... lab technician (as Dave Perteet)
Tuck John Porter ... lab technician
Mark Rappaport ... puppet mechanics
Charles Schneider ... lab technician
John Stewart ... miniature construction: Nemo Productions
Melanie Tooker ... on set supervisor
Wayne Toth ... sculptor
John Wheaton ... lab technician
Michael Shelton ... creature effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by 

David Allen ... puppet effects
Peter Benjamins ... systems engineer
Linda Drake ... laser animation (as Linda Obalil) / optical and digital effects: Motion Opticals (as Linda Obalil)
Brent Fletcher ... computer effects
Mike Frassrand ... systems engineer
Phil Gallo ... systems engineer
Kevin Kutchaver ... digital supervisor / effects animator
Manny Leyva ... camera assistant
Mark McGee ... rotoscoping
Mark Rappaport ... puppeteer
Rita Schrag ... camera assistant
Jim Stewart ... optical and digital effects: Motion Opticals / systems coordinator
Randall William Cook ... stop-motion animator (uncredited)
Michael F. Hoover ... digital artist (uncredited)
Brett B. White ... visual effects stage manager (uncredited)

Stunts 

Tim A. Davison ... stunt coordinator (as Tim Davison)

Camera and Electrical Department 

Jack Anderson ... camera operator: second unit
Aldo Antonelli ... camera operator / director of photography: second unit
Chuck Baker ... first assistant camera: second unit
Mike Butler ... electrician
Andy Clark ... electrician
Jessica Bellone D'Altavilla ... second assistant camera
Stephen C. Dabrowski ... grip (as Stephen Dabrowski) / grip: second unit (as Stephen Dabrowski)
Chris Gerlach ... electrician
Taj Gombart ... second assistant camera
Jim Gordon ... dolly: second unit / grip
Lon Gowan ... video assist operator
Rudy Harbon ... first assistant camera
Ron Hoffman ... electrician / gaffer: second unit
Steve Iriguchi ... key grip
Bruce Jagoda ... best boy electric / gaffer: second unit
Spook James ... key grip
Keith Jordan ... grip
Brett Kincheloe ... grip / grip: second unit
Jeff Kincheloe ... best boy grip / key grip: second unit
Eric Kramer ... electrician
Stacy Kunch ... electrician
Benjamin Lehmann ... first assistant camera: second unit (as Benjamin Lehman) / second assistant camera
Christopher Loring ... electrician (as Chris Loring)
Dean Margoulios ... second assistant camera: second unit (as Dean Margoulias)
Sasha Maslansky ... second assistant camera: second unit / video assist operator
Robert W. Morgenroth ... video supervisor (as Bob Morgenroth)
Darryl Murchison ... gaffer: second unit (as Daryl Murchison)
Glen Naramatsu ... electrician: second unit
Gus Oliva ... electrician
Douglas M. Pavone ... grip (as Doug Pavone)
John Priebe ... electrician
Ian Robichaud ... electrician
Larry Roth ... gaffer
Ralph Scherer ... dolly grip / key grip: second unit
Miles Thomas ... electrician: second unit
Scott Toland ... electrician / gaffer: second unit
Ronald Vidor ... camera operator: second unit (as Ron Vidor) / steadicam operator
Mark Volpe ... electrician

Casting Department 

Helen O'Brien ... casting coordinator
Richard Rubio ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Emilio Anorve ... shopper
Carma Huelle ... costume supervisor
Suzy Painter ... set costumer

Editorial Department 

Matt Bosson ... second assistant editor
Maggie Cone ... post-production coordinator
Armond Ghzanian ... post-production assistant
Vic Hennegan ... post-production assistant
Kristine McPherson ... assistant editor
Sherril Schlesinger ... additional editor
Chris Weber ... negative cutter
Gary Weber ... negative cutter
Jim J. Williams ... color timer (as Jim Williams)
D. Brett Schramm ... post-production assistant (uncredited)

Location Management 

Cynthia H. Margulis ... location manager (as Cynthia Margulis)
Phoebe O'Connor ... location assistant
Will Regan ... location scout

Music Department 

Keely Dietrick ... music coordinator
Dean Schachtel ... feature music artist and repertoire
Pat Siciliano ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department 

Kimberlee Fenkner ... script supervisor: second unit
Mary Wright ... script supervisor

Transportation Department 

Roger Bojarski ... transportation captain
Gene Carr ... driver
Patrick Robison ... transportation coordinator
Lyn Vandeman ... driver (as Lynn Vandeman)

Other crew 

Mary Jane Amato ... assistant production accountant
Connie Angland ... additional puppeteer (as Connie Anglund)
Anthony Allen Barlow ... additional puppeteer (as Allen Barlow)
Lorraine Benson ... assistant production controller
Jordan Black ... production assistant
Steve Blum ... materials supervisor
Mauricio Buendia ... executive spanish relations
Bennah Burton-Burtt ... assistant: Charles Band
Bob Clark ... special projects
Nat Cooke ... office production assistant
Jeffrey Court ... production controller
Marykate Cunningham ... contracts administrator
Victor Davis ... office production assistant
Chris Endicott ... puppeteer
Cynthia Gates Fujikawa ... production accountant
Breck A. Graham ... office production assistant (as Breck Graham)
Joseph Grossberg ... additional puppeteer
Jurgen Heimann ... puppeteer
Monica Heitmann ... publicity coordinator
Trellis Huahn ... contracts coordinator
Suze James ... communications coordinator
Mickey Kaiserman ... executive controller
Christian Klump ... special projects
Michele Lilley ... assistant production coordinator
Janet Lonsdale ... production accountant
David Miner Jr. ... additional puppeteer (as David Miner)
Damon Movitz ... production assistant
Carolina Narvaez ... assistant: spanish relations
Phoebe O'Connor ... craft service
Paul Porter ... special projects
Allen Posten ... production assistant
Mark Rappaport ... puppeteer
David Rimer ... key set production assistant
Cy Roscoe ... special projects
James Rowley ... production assistant
Laurel Schneider ... craft service
Daniel Schweiger ... promotions
Kat Scudder ... marketing coordinator
Leigh Shanta ... production coordinator
Pauline Shillito ... accounting assistant
Pat Sjogren ... office production assistant
Kirk Skodis ... additional puppeteer
Erica Spano ... key set production assistant
Holly Speriglio ... additional puppeteer
Catherine Spindle ... marketing executive (as Catherine W. Spindle)
Marc E. Spivey ... insurance
Peter Wetherell ... executive international relations
Christopher Wheeler ... senior coordinating accountant
Scott Woodard ... additional puppeteer
Brett B. White ... puppeteer (uncredited)
Richard Woloski ... production assistant (uncredited)
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