Retro Puppet Master is a prequel to all other Puppet Master films, taking us all the way back 3,000 years to Egypt, where Egyptian sorcerer Afzel has stolen the secret to life, and back to 1892, where Afzel shares his secret with puppeteer Andre Toulon. Now Egyptian God Sutekh has sent three bumbling mummified priests to destroy Afzel and return the secret. The opening of this movie is absolutely horrible, and not in an enjoyable way--more in a way that I contemplated turning it off and throwing the disc in the garbage. But I stuck with it, and once we got to 1892 Paris, it wasn't too bad. Greg Sestero of the legendarily awful The Room plays a young Toulon, and delivers a decent performance. The puppets in this are interesting, as they are a combination of an early version of the puppets we come to know (the elder Toulon is telling them the story of how they came to be) and some we have never before seen.
The violence is toned way down in this one, to the point of being rated PG-13. I am not sure it is good enough to warrant a recommendation, but on the heels of part 6, it is a step up in the series.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5