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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

50's B-Movie horror is the stuff I was raised on as a kid watching Chiller Theater in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.  Attack of the Puppet People is the kind of film that would often be aired on this broadcast.  It's quite predictable, a tad creepy and sometimes unintentionally funny.  The story takes place in a doll factory with "creepy" inventor Mr. Franz running the show.  His voice channels a bit of Boris Karloff and you know from the start he's up to no good.  John Hoyt fits the bill nicely as the good doctor who has just hired a new office assistant, Sally, played by fashionista June Kennedy, who I swear jumps out of bed every morning with a perfectly intact hairdoo, flawless wardrobe and pearls around her graceful neck.  She's the quintessential 1950's "working girl."
The funny comes in when the doctor shows her some of his doll collection which includes dolls "from all walks of life."  He then proceeds to show her three dolls: a bride, a house wife and a nurse.  Ah, the 50's!
Director Bert I Gordon works a great deal with stories involving either giants or miniatures.  Attack of the Puppet People is a good example of a number of 50's films involving these visual tricks of scale including my all-time favorite Them! (1954).  He does a great job with this in an era before green/blue screens and CGI became standard fare.  The film looks good and is convincing enough to work.
Granted, Attack of the Puppet People pulls no surprises but it is a solid effort nonetheless.  If you like this kind of old-fashioned horror, you will definitely enjoy the film.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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