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      The Puppet Masters

      R 1994 1 hr. 48 min. Sci-Fi List
      26% 23 Reviews Tomatometer 32% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score An alien spacecraft sets down in rural Iowa, and top-secret government agents Andrew Nivens (Donald Sutherland) and his son, Sam (Eric Thal), are sent to investigate. Coming along is NASA biologist Mary Sefton (Julie Warner), and together they make a startling discovery: alien parasites capable of taking over the minds of human beings. And the creatures are multiplying. The race is on for the team to stop the invaders before they turn all of humanity into zombie slaves. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 16 Buy Now

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      David W Not bad at all. Much better than its given credit for. It's no classic but it's a very serviceable slice of paranoid sci-fi that has a nice 1950's b-movie feel to it. Unsurprising considering it's obvious inspirations.. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/02/23 Full Review kevin f Not a bad job of adapting a classic Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Joel C After some kids discover an unknown force land in an Iowa woods the whole town becomes victims to parasitic, manta ray, looking creatures that latch on to the host's backs and enter their brain with a barbed tentacle. Based on a novel written in the 50's that I haven't read, I don't think the film does it justice. I can't exactly pin point what doesn't work in the film - the cinematography, special effects, and majority of the acting is decent, but the film really lacks any interest from the viewer. This could be the script, or the director, or producers, or all the above, either way it just doesn't achieve any sort of satisfaction or feel threatening, and I'm kinda interested to find out why. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/21/21 Full Review Audience Member I love this movie! One of Richard Belzer's finest performances. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Terrifying when a child, not so much as an adult. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Pointlessly schlock ending. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Variety Only the most undiscriminating monster-pic buff will come away satisfied. Dec 6, 2009 Full Review Derek Adams Time Out There's no suspense (ETs rampage from the word go); no frissons (loud hailers telegraph the shocks); and it's insufficiently bright to be an hommage. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...offers more paranoid fun that this film's reputation suggests... Rated: 3/5 Nov 21, 2021 Full Review TV Guide Despite accomplished special effects and a coolly intelligent script, this paranoid thriller never follows through on its eerie promise. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 6, 2009 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...generally as far-fetched and overwrought as its 1950s sci-fi brethren. Rated: 2/4 Jan 11, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis An alien spacecraft sets down in rural Iowa, and top-secret government agents Andrew Nivens (Donald Sutherland) and his son, Sam (Eric Thal), are sent to investigate. Coming along is NASA biologist Mary Sefton (Julie Warner), and together they make a startling discovery: alien parasites capable of taking over the minds of human beings. And the creatures are multiplying. The race is on for the team to stop the invaders before they turn all of humanity into zombie slaves.
      Director
      Stuart Orme
      Production Co
      Hollywood Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $8.6M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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