Usually, when Thomas Lennon shows up in a movie, it’s to be the comic relief. He does have the comedic cred, coming from The State and creating Reno 911!, and you just know how Hollywood likes to put actors in a box. So it’s sort of a coup that Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich cast him not only as the lead actor, but as a serious leading man.

Edgar (Lennon) works in a comic book shop and comes into possession of one of Andre Toulon’s evil puppets. Once he discovers the root of their evil, he tries to stop them. But if the previous 12 Puppet Masters are any indication, this is a job that will take much longer than one movie.

Lennon spoke with /Film by phone about his role in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, now in theaters and VOD. Lennon is also a prolific screenwriter with his partner Robert Ben Garant, having recently written the screenplay to the Cannonball Run remake. He also offered us an update on the new Reno 911! movie.

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puppet master the littlest reich interview

Back in the ’80s and ’90s, you could always count on a new Puppet Master movie showing up on your video store’s new release shelf. Prolific producer Charles Band cranked them out beginning in 1989, not coincidentally a year after Child’s Play premiered in theaters. A gang of old puppets would come to life and kill a hapless cast of actors each year.

Now Puppet Master has been rebooted, but Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich reimagines the original franchise in a far nastier form. Thomas Lennon stars as a collector who comes into the deadly puppets of Andre Toulon (Udo Kier), and they start killing in newer, more graphic ways than ever.

The Littlest Reich is directed by the Swedish duo Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, whose previous credits include Wither and Animalistic. Laguna Skyped with /Film from Sweden to discuss the new take on Puppet Master, which is in select theaters today.

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Barbara Crampton was a favorite of ‘80s horror fans with her lead roles in films like Re-Animator, From Beyond and Chopping Mall. She was also a mainstay on soap operas like The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light and The Bold and the Beautiful. Those fans were happy to see Crampton again in You’re Next, which led to a comeback and continued roles in films like We Are Still Here, Beyond the Gates and now Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.

Puppet Master was a long running low-budget horror series from producer Charles Band beginning in 1989 under his Full Moon label. Now, a re-imagining starring Thomas Lennon, Udo Kier and Charlyne Yi is coming out in theaters. Lennon plays a collector who discovers the valuable Andre Toulon puppets and becomes trapped in a museum when they re-animate and go on a killing spree. Crampton plays a guard in that museum, who’s well versed in the mythology of creator Andre Toulon. The correct pronunciation of Toulon doesn’t translate in print but trust when you see the movie, she’s saying it right.

Crampton spoke with /Film by phone about her role in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, and a look back at her career in horror movies. Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich opens Friday, August 17.

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Puppet Master The Littlest Reich Trailer

Those murderous marionettes are back in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. This is somehow the 13th entry in the Puppet Master franchise, because you just can’t contain such an incredible story into one film. The latest Puppet Master flick hails from directors Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund, with a script by Bone Tomahawk scribe S. Craig Zahler. Watch the Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich trailer below…if you dare.

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In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich coming this August
  • Chris Hemsworth offers an update on that Men In Black reboot
  • Andy Muscheitti says It: Chapter 2 will be even scarier than the first
  • Hey, they’re making a new Doom movie, I guess!
  • Jason Statham teases a Meg franchise
  • Chris Pratt interviews his Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom co-stars
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 sneak peak is here, if you want that sort of thing
  • Oh good, here comes Peter Rabbit 2
  • The new Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again poster is here (we go again)
  • Scott Adkins joins the Ip Man 4 cast

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