In 1989, low-budget horror movie, Puppet Master, was released direct-to-video. The film – directed by David Schmoeller – featured a collection of deadly puppets, and struck a chord with horror fans.

Although the film was produced on a meagre budget, Puppet Master became a cult favourite amongst the horror scene. In turn, the film quickly spawned a series of follow-ups, taking the franchise into new places.

As the Puppet Master franchise developed, it expanded to include a mix of sequels, spin-offs, a crossover, and a reboot. Over time, the timeline of the series has become a little confusing, but since its inception the Puppet Master films have remained one of the most enduring horror franchises of all-time.

But what are the Puppet Master movies, and if you are new to the franchise, what is the viewing order? For all the details and more, keep reading.

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The Puppet Master movies in production order

Below is a list of the Puppet Master movies, as they were released in production order. As you will see, the movies move from Puppet Master through to Puppet Master II, III, 4, and so on.

If you simply want to watch all of the movies in the Puppet Master series in the order they were released, then follow this list:

  • Puppet Master (1989)
  • Puppet Master II (1990)
  • Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (1991)
  • Puppet Master 4 (1993)
  • Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994)
  • Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
  • Retro Puppet Master (1999)
  • Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003)
  • Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (2004)
  • Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)
  • Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012)
  • Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017)
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)
  • Blade: The Iron Cross (2020)
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Puppet Master movies in chronological order

Although the above list is arguably the most straight-forward way to view the Puppet Master movies, you may wish to follow the series in chronological order. As the series has progressed, various new entries have jumped around the timeline, to tell stories set before and after the events of the original movie, leading to a somewhat confusing collection of films.

The list below rearranges the order of the films to present a (loose) chronology of the series, taking into account the prequels and sequels. The list also includes the standalone crossover movie (which can be watched separate to the main timeline), as well as the reboot.

If you wish to watch the Puppet Master movies in chronological order, follow this list:

  • Retro Puppet Master (1999)
  • Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (1991)
  • Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)
  • Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012)
  • Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017)
  • Blade: The Iron Cross (2020)
  • Puppet Master (1989)
  • Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
  • Puppet Master II (1990)
  • Puppet Master 4 (1993)
  • Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994)
  • Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003)

Crossover

  • Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (2004)

Reboot

  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

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So, which is the best order to watch the movies?

Honestly? It is entirely up to you which order to watch the movies in.

If you wish to watch the films as they were originally released, irrespective of the timeline, then follow the production order. However, should you want to follow the story in a (loose) chronology, saving the crossover and reboot until last, then follow the chronological order.

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If you’re a fan of the Puppet Master movies, or you are just getting into the Puppet Master movie series for the very first time, then you may wish to know that many of the movies are currently available on Blu-ray, including the original film from 1989.

The Puppet Master Blu-ray is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.

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