"I'm the master and you're the puppet!" Leading today's Horror Highlights are images and details for Phantasma Collectibles' new vinyl figures of Blade and Torch based on David Schmoeller's Puppet Master (1989). Also in today's Highlights: Who's Watching Oliver? release details, a new trailer for the Australian horror film School, and Violence Voyager screening details at the 2018 Japan Cuts film festival.

Puppet Master Soft Vinyl Figure Photos and Release Details: The folks over at Phantasma Collectibles have created two vinyl figures based on the 1989 cult hit Puppet Master. Directed by David Schmoeller, Puppet Master follows Andre and his living dolls, Pinhead, Blade, Jester, Shredder Khan, Gengie, Leech Woman, and Tunneler, who are hidden away in the wall of a hotel to keep them safe from Nazis. Blade and Torch (from Puppet Master 2) are the two lucky enough so far to have a figure, but perhaps more characters from the Puppet Master films will follow, as there are twelve sequels will be chosen in the future.

"Puppet Master Blade 12-inch Soft Vinyl Figure - Phantasma
Regular price $90.00

Puppet Master Torch 12-inch Soft Vinyl Figure - Phantasma
Regular price $90.00"


Who's Watching Oliver? Release Details: "Synopsis: Who's watching Oliver tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By night Oliver aimlessly wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and a possible way out of a life he is desperate to escape comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia with her sweet eccentricity and naivety to the danger she has put herself in.

Director: Richie Moore was born in Portland Oregon USA and grew up between Los Angeles and Portland where he began working first on his father’s crew in 1991. Richie has continued to work as full-time film crew for the past 27 years in the camera department.

Producer: Raimund Huber is a German/Austrian, Writer/Director/Producer born in Munich. He produced titles such as: “Cam2Cam” and “Buffalo Rider”.

Producer: Aki Komine was born in Japan and started out producing movies in the early 90’s with titles such as: “Guyver (1991)”, “Necronomicon (1993)”, “Fist of the north star (1995)”, “Crying Freeman (1995)”, “No way back (1995)” – Russell Crowe, and his latest the “Kamen Rider TV Series”.

Cast: Russell Geoffrey Banks an English actor born November 13, 1981. His career path wasn’t smooth and had many different jobs from construction to barman to a market trader, to door to door sales to pay for his acting classes. Eventually, he found his calling and has been lucky enough to work on different movies.

“Cam2Cam (2014)”, “Pernicious (2014)”, “Ghost House (2016)”, and “Knights (2017)”.

Sara Malakul Lane is a successful Thai model and actress. She began modeling at the age of 14 and has also been in a number of big screen movies. Sara is a model of Thai and English descent. Her father is an English businessman named Alistair Lane. Her mother is named Madam Tuptim Malakul Na Ayuthaya. Some of her latest titles include:

“12/12/12 (2012)”, “Jail Bait (2014)”,“Sun Choke (2015)”, “Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016)”, “Kickboxer Retaliation (2017).”


Watch the Trailer for The School: "When a doctor looking for her missing child awakens to find herself in an abandoned school, she must survive the supernatural terror and face her own demons if she is to find the truth about where her son is."


Violence Voyager Images & Screening Details: "VIOLENCE VOYAGER is making its U.S. Premiere at the 2018 JAPAN CUTS film festival, which will take place at NYC'S Japan Society from July 19th through 29th (VIOLENCE VOYAGER screens on 7/20).

VIOLENCE VOYAGER, directed by Ujicha, is about an American boy named Bobby and his friend Akkun, who set out for the mountains to build a secret hideout. On their way, they stumble upon a mysterious amusement park called "Violence Voyager." It doesn’t take long for things to get weird as the boys discover a group of scared children who can’t seem to escape and soon find themselves under attack by robot-like humanoids.

For his three years in the making follow-up to THE BURNING BUDDHA MAN (2013) director Ujicha again employs a blend of animation and manga called “geki-mation,” creating grotesque body horror nightmare imagery from painstakingly detailed, hand-painted paper cutouts. Chock-full of B-horror, sci-fi, and kaiju film references, this blood-soaked late-night flick is certainly not for kids.

Think kaiju film-meets "Stranger Things" in exquisite "Reading Rainbow"-like cutouts... soaked in blood and vomit.

More info on JAPAN CUTS can be found here."

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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