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Retro Puppet Master (1999)

Directed by David DeCoteau, Retro Puppet Master is the seventh film in the Puppet Master franchise. It begins in 1944, Switzerland where Andre Toulon (Guy Rolfe) and his puppets are still on the run following the events of Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge, and decide to hide in the Kolewige, an inn 4 miles from the Swiss border. Blade finds the wooden head of an old puppet named Cyclops in their trunk, and when Toulon sees it, he then tells his puppets of adventures he had with the woman he loves, and his retro puppets, that began in Cairo, Egypt, in 1902.

Long before that a 3,000-year-old Egyptian sorcerer, named Afzel (Jack Donner), has stolen the secret of life, and is fleeing the servants of an evil Egyptian god, named Sutekh. Two servants, imbued with magical power from Sutekh, attack him, but are killed easily by Afzel and his own magical power. After dispatching the two servants he begins his journey to Paris. In the meantime, Sutekh has given life to three of his oldest servants—Egyptian mummies. After they rise from their chamber they too begin to pursue Afzel.

We then jump to Paris, France where a young André Toulon (Greg Sestero) is putting on a puppet show of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Watching from the crowd is Elsa (Brigitta Dau), who has left her cold-hearted abusive ambassador father and harmless mother to view the wonders of the country and has decided to see the play. In the sewers nearby the three mummies have hired two thugs to kill Afzel. The thugs are necessary since Afzel has the power to sense the coming of the mummies.

The thugs brutally attack Afzel until Elsa spots what is going on and shouts for help which alerts Toulon. The thugs then scatter, leaving Toulon and Elsa to pick Afzel up and bring him inside. Later, Afzel talks with Toulon and reveals that he knows the secret of life, and it’s the only thing that can protect humankind when the elder gods rise up in 100-1,000 years. Afzel explains to Toulon that he needs to pass this power on to Toulon. Toulon is skeptical at first until Afzel begins to make the puppets move. Now Toulon realises he is genuine and begins to learn his powers…

 

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