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Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
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Release Date

1994

Director

Jeff Burr

Next Film

Curse of the Puppet Master

Previous Film

Puppet Master 4

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Puppet Master: The Legacy

Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter is a 1994 horror film written by Douglas Aarniokoski among others, and directed by Jeff Burr. It is the fifth film in the Puppet Master franchise, the sequel to 1993's Puppet Master 4, and stars Gordon Currie as the series' third Puppet Master, and Ian Ogilvy, his work colleague, whose attempts to salvage the animated puppets of Andre Toulon from the Bodega Bay Inn are foiled by a demon. As in the previous film, the puppets serve as protagonists, rather than terrorize as they had in the first and second films. As the title indicates, Puppet Master 5 was intended to be the final installment of the series. However, in 1998 a sixth entry, Curse of the Puppet Master, was released, and the series has been ongoing since.

Plot:

Following the events of Puppet Master 4, Rick Myers has been arrested under the suspicion of having caused the murders of Dr. Piper and Baker, but Dr. Jennings, the new director of the Artificial Intelligence research project and Rick's temporary superior, gets him out on bail. Blade has been confiscated, but he escapes from the police department's evidence room and jumps into Susie's purse as she comes to fetch Rick. Lauren lies comatose in the hospital following the events in the inn. Meanwhile, in the underworld, Sutekh decides to take matters into his own hands and infuses his life essence into his own Totem figure.

While Jennings professes scepticism toward Rick's story, he becomes actually quite interested in acquiring Toulon's secret, especially since the project's unofficial sponsors are luring with a sizeable contribution, should he succeed in presenting a prototype soon. Jennings returns to the Bodega Bay Inn with three hired thugs to collect the puppets and the formula, but in the meantime Rick is aroused by a nightmare and finds Blade by his side. Sensing that something is about to happen, Rick and Blade depart for the hotel. Susie, while paying a visit to Lauren, witnesses her friend receiving a vision of Sutekh and his Totem. Unable to contact Rick, she proceeds to the hotel as well.

Jennings and his hired helpers soon encounter the puppets hiding in the hotel and Sutekh's Totem, which kills the thugs off one by one and drains their life away. The puppets engage Sutekh's Totem in combat, but its power is greater than its predecessors and they are unable to harm it effectively. When Rick returns to his old room and attempts to start his computer, he finds a call for help being transmitted through it. Gradually, he is joined by the puppets - Six Shooter, Pinhead, Tunneler, Jester and Torch -, Jennings and Susie, but the Totem begins to pursue them. Back at his computer, Ricks finds Lauren contacting him through the device, giving him the formula and pleading him to revive Decapitron to destroy Sutekh.

Rick, Susie and Jennings proceed to revive Decapitron, and Toulon advises them to leave the hotel while the puppets will engage Sutekh. Jennings, however, insists on taking one of the puppets with him, despite Rick and Susie's warnings. Jennings pretends to relent, but as they prepare to leave the inn, he attacks Rick and Susie. Locked in the hotel's elevator going upward, Rick and Jennings struggle. Jennings clubs Rick into unconsciousness, but as he exits the elevator, the puppets move in on him and force him back into the shaft, with the elevator running down again; as a consequence, Jennings falls to his death.

Sutekh corners Rick and Susie, but the puppets show up and engage the demon, allowing them to escape. Having stayed too long in the mortal world, Sutekh's essence has become vulnerable, and his power wanes. In desperation, Sutekh attempts to escape back into the underworld by opening a portal, but Decapitron fires electron bolts at it, overloading the conduit and causing it to explode, destroying Sutekh.

Rick takes the puppets back home to repair and care for them. Toulon speaks with Rick one final time, again entrusting his puppets and their secret to him while they will act as his protectors. And Rick muses that his fight has now just begun ...

Trivia

  • The Final Chapter marked the last time David W. Allen would work on the special effects for the Puppet Master series. Subsequent follow-ups feature a combination of rod and string puppets, save for Curse of the Puppet Master, which relies heavily on stock footage for action sequences.
  • This movie was shot back to back with Puppet Master 4.


Characters

Puppets

Credits

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Information from IMDB

Directed by 

Jeff Burr

Writing Credits  

Steven E. Carr ... (screenplay) &
Jo Duffy ... (screenplay) &
Todd Henschell ... (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] Ian Ogilvy ... Jennings
[4] Teresa Hill ... Lauren
[5] Guy Rolfe ... Toulon
[6] Nicholas Guest ... Hendy
[7] Willard E. Pugh ... Jason (as Willard Pugh)
[8] Diane McBain ... Attorney
[9] Duane Whitaker ... Scott
[10] Kaz Garas ... Man #2
[11] Clu Gulager ... Man #1
[12] Harri James ... Nurse
[13] Ron O'Neal ... Dectective
[14] Chuck Williams ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
[15] Ash Adams ... Cameron (archive footage) (uncredited)
[16] Albert Band ... Six-Shooter (uncredited)
[17] Christopher Hayes ... Policeman (uncredited)
[18] Jake McKinnon ... Sutek (uncredited)
[19] Felton Perry ... Dr. Carl Baker (archive footage) (uncredited)
[20] Stacie Randall ... Dr. Leslie Piper (archive footage) (uncredited)
[21] Michael Shamus Wiles ... Stanley (archive footage) (uncredited)
[22] Dan Zukovic ... Delivery Man (archive footage) (uncredited)

Produced by 

Charles Band ... producer
Keith Payson ... line producer
Michael Catalano ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by 

Richard Band ... (original Puppet Master music)
Michael Wetherwax ... (music adapted and edited by)

Cinematography by 

Adolfo Bartoli ... director of photography

Film Editing by 

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 artist (as Michael S. Deak)
Palah Sandling ... key makeup artist
Wayne Toth ... special makeup effects designer

Production Management 

Maggie Cone ... post-production supervisor
Mary Jasionowski ... production manager
Gretchen G. Wieland ... post-production supervisor
Fred Kennamer ... production manager: second unit (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Douglas 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
Robin Bielefeld ... storyboard artist
Booka Bikar ... sculptor (as Booka Bickar)
Brad Douglas ... set dresser (as Brad Moreno)
James Michael Drury Jr. ... carpenter (as James Drury)
Ron Durant ... swing
Elan Evans ... lead scenic
James Foley ... leadman
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 (as Douglas Shaw)
Tetsuro Shimauchi ... storyboard artist
Phil Storch ... carpenter (as Phillip Storch)
Darrell Strickland ... swing
Barrington Terry ... painter
Mauricio Tobar ... 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

Sound Department 

Mark Allen ... sound effects editor
Shimit Amin ... dialogue editor
Jane Boegel ... sound effects editor
Loren Chun ... sound assistant
Mike Draghi ... re-recording mixer
Cormac Funge ... sound effects editor
Patrick M. Griffith ... supervising sound editor
Sylvie Lee Griffith ... sound assistant
Ralph Herscu ... additional dialogue editor
Ethan Holzman ... dialogue editor
Angela Huff ... additional dialogue editor
Kirk Jeffries ... additional dialogue editor
Lainey Johns ... sound assistant
Elizabeth Karsner ... sound assistant
Jeff King ... sound effects editor
Ted Lobinger ... dialogue editor (as Ted Lobiger)
Jeff Marr ... dialogue editor
Cynthia Merrill ... foley artist (as Cynthia Merril)
Bill Ratcliffe ... boom operator (as William Radcliffe)
D.J. Ritchie ... sound mixer
Joe Romersa ... dialogue editor
Douglas Salkin ... post audio coordinator
Roland N. Thai ... sound effects editor
Dave Walsh ... adr recordist (as David Walsh) / foley recordist (as David Walsh)
Phillip Raves ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by 

Danny Alvarado ... effects props
John P. Cazin ... physical effects coordinator (as John Cazin)
John Deall ... special effects supervisor
John Paul Fedele ... lab technician (as John Fedele)
Audrey Goetz ... lab technician (as Audrey Mae Goetz)
Dennis Gordon ... effects props / miniature construction
Kenneth J. Hall ... lab technician
Mike McCarty ... lab technician
Jake McKinnon ... lab technician (as Jake 'The Snake' McKinnon)
David Perteet ... lab technician (as Dave Perteet)
Tuck John Porter ... lab technician
Charles Schneider ... lab technician
John Stewart ... effects props / miniature construction
Melanie Tooker ... on set supervisor
Wayne Toth ... sculptor
John Wheaton ... lab technician
Jethro Rothe-Kushel ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by 

David Allen ... puppet visual effects
Robyn Crane-Campbell ... visual effects crew (as Robyn Crane)
Steven Davis ... digital artist: Decapitron P.O.V.
Chris Endicott ... visual effects coordinator
Brent Fletcher ... computer effects
Joel Fletcher ... stop motion animator
Joseph Grossberg ... visual effects coordinator
Wendy Grossberg ... visual effects crew
Yan Guo ... animation assistant
Michael F. Hoover ... digital artist: Decapitron P.O.V. (as Michael Hoover)
Paul Jessel ... stop motion animator
Jeff Taylor ... stop-motion armatures
Brett B. White ... visual effects crew (as Brett White)
Al Magliochetti ... visual effects (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 grip: 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)
Mark Volpe ... electrician
Dennis Young ... gaffer: second unit

Casting Department 

Helen O'Brien ... casting coordinator

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

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

Editorial Department 

Matt Bosson ... second assistant editor
Vic Hennegan ... post-production assistant
John Kohlbrenner ... post-production assistant
Kristine McPherson ... assistant editor
Sherril Schlesinger ... assistant editor
D. Brett Schramm ... post-production assistant (as Brett Schramm)
Chris Weber ... negative cutter
Gary Weber ... negative cutter
Christopher Wheeler ... post-production controller
Jim J. Williams ... color timer (as Jim Williams)

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)
Gary Barnum ... marketing coordinator
Jordan Black ... production assistant
Steve Blum ... materials supervisor
Bennah Burton-Burtt ... assistant: Charles Band
Bob Clark ... special projects
Nat Cooke ... office production assistant
Jeffrey Court ... production controller
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
Susanne Guercioni ... director of contracts
Michael Harvey ... coordinating accountant
Jurgen Heimann ... puppeteer (as Jürgen Heiman)
Trellis Huahn ... contracts coordinator
Mickey Kaiserman ... executive controller
Darius Kapfer ... corporate assistant
Christian Klump ... special projects
Michele Lilley ... assistant production coordinator
Janet Lonsdale ... production accountant
John Malina ... publicity coordinator
David Miner Jr. ... additional puppeteer (as David Miner)
Damon Movitz ... production assistant
Phoebe O'Connor ... craft service
Kevin O'Hara ... additional puppeteer
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
Christey Schreiber ... senior coordinating accountant
Daniel Schweiger ... promotions
Kat Scudder ... publicity director
Leigh Shanta ... production coordinator
Benjamin Sitzer ... 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 of international relations
Scott Woodard ... additional puppeteer (as Scott Wooddard)
Brett B. White ... puppeteer (uncredited)
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