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Back in 2013, Swedish duo Tommy Wiklund and Sonny Laguna made fast Frightfest friends with their love letter to The Evil Dead, Wither. This year, they're back, and in the main screen no less, with their Puppet Master reboot, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.

The reimagining of the Full Moon Features cult classic is written by Bone Tomahawk script writer S. Craig Zahler (Wraiths of the Broken Land, A Congregation of JackalsHug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child) and stars Thomas Lennon (TV’s Reno 911!), Jenny Pellicer (TV’s Cocaine Godmother), Nelson Franklin (TV’s Veep), Charlyne Yi (This is 40), Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers), and last year's Frightfest guest of honour Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). The iconic Udo Kier (Brawl in Cell Block 99) stars as the titular Puppet Master, while original franchise creator Charles Band serves as Executive Producer.

In Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, recently divorced and reeling, Edgar (Lennon) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.

In addition to the talented cast and filmmakers involved in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, the legendary Fabio Frizzi (Zombi 2, The Beyond) composed the score for the movie and two-time finalist of Syfy’s FACE-OFF, Tate Steinsiek, served as puppet creator/SFX artist.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich promises to maintain all of the brutally inventive puppet kills infused with the comedic tendencies that made the original franchise so popular with fans, while expanding upon Toulon’s backstory and developing richer dialogue, characters, and narratives.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Links: IMDB | Twitter

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich receives its European premiere on 24th August at 4.00pm/4.30pm in the Main screens. For tickets go to: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html


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