In THE PUPPET MASTERS, the head of the Office of Scientific Intelligence, his son and a NASA scientist are dispatched to a small town in Iowa to investigate a UFO sighting. They soon discover that alien creatures have not only invaded the planet but the minds and bodies of humans as well. Poor production quality, gory violence and a lack of suspense combine to create a mediocre movie.
Donald Sutherland plays the head of the Office of Scientific Intelligence, and along with his son and a NASA scientist he is dispatched to a small town in Iowa to investigate a UFO sighting in THE PUPPET MASTERS. The team soon discovers that ominous and insidious intruders, creatures that have invaded not only the planet but the minds and bodies of humans as well, are rapidly multiplying and spreading beyond the borders of that small town and even the state. The creatures pose a threat to national security and the team sets out to eliminate them without killing the innocent human beings they have overtaken.
The only positive element in the movie is that good triumphs over bad in the end. The humans thwart the alien attempt to overtake the world. (The humans win by their own efforts without any reference or help from God.) The production quality and the acting performances are mediocre, as the movie fails to create the suspense and drama that it needs to make it entertaining. When an alien attaches to one of the main characters, the creature talks through its host in a demonic voice. The title itself warns of the evil that lies in the movie about being possessed and controlled by another force. The humans are just puppets for the creatures to control. Gory violence, obscene language, nudity, and promiscuity also plague the movie.
(NA, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A) Pagan worldview, including alien possession of humans & people talking in demonic voices; 14 obscenities & 13 profanities; numerous deaths by gunshots, violent fighting (including men hitting women), one suicide, & gory insides of aliens shown attaching to human host & exiting the human body; promiscuity; visual sexual innuendo, male rear nudity & partial female nudity; and, alcohol use.