Sister loves Brother. Brother loves Dummy. They all love killing people.
Man, this "killer puppet movie" was warped... It's definitely not a
film for all tastes. Can't really say it's a decent film either, but
it's just so demented, going from plain dumb to hilarious. Paydin
LoPachin gave it her best shot as deranged sister Angelina, but I find
her performance admirable at best. I didn't really found her capable of
completely carrying the film, sadly. Still, a crazy killer doll movie,
with offbeat white trash slasher moments and a road-movie vibe
reminiscent of NATURAL BORN KILLERS by the guy (Mark Jones) who
previously brought us enjoyable nonsense like LEPRECHAUN and
RUMPELSTILTSKIN... That alone is reason enough to watch TRILOQUIST and
like it, regardless. One visual gag had me really laughing out loud:
The dummy shoots the cop, and the shotgun kicks back and blows him
wooosh out of the frame! That's funny stuff! Add some welcome female
nudity. A little bit of gore & bloodshed. A lot of sick jokes. And this
flick can't be all bad, can it?.
Mark Jones is back! but not better than ever...
Director MARK JONES who breathed life into the now dead LEPRECHAUN
series & who hasn't been directing any pint sized terror characters
since 1996's forgettable RUMPLSTILTSKIN, returns after a long absence
to direct this okay, but even worse horror outing, about a mute brother
who talks through his ugly ventriloquist dummy. Going on the lamb with
his beautiful, though psychotic sister, they kill anyone & everything
that crosses their paths. Eventually they kidnap a pretty young girl
for her brother to mate with & sire another child to continue their
family bloodlines, however she's not about to co-operate & things soon
start to fall apart mighty quickly especially when the dummy who is
constantly tortured by the sister insists that they kill her & go on
their own spree. TRILOQUIST reminded me of JACK FROST (The killer
snowman movie not the Michael Keaton one) in which the film was to gory
& violent to be funny & to dumb to be scary & just resulted in a film
that mearly fell between the chairs in terms of entertainment value.
Like Mark Jones previous pint sized killer flicks, the film has far to
many stupid scenes with characters who do way to many stupid things
like the Leprechaun's shoe fetish in the original where rather than go
after his intended victims would stop to shine a pair of shoes they
chucked at him. Here whenever the dummy went to attack people the mute
brother would dance. My brother thought this movie was a blast &
laughed his head off throughout the entire picture. I on the other hand
was less than enthusiastic. The film has some good points but their all
quickly overshadowed by a lack of any real plot, mediocre acting &
directing. Even horror fans & fans of the directors previous work, such
as LEPRECHAUN & RUMPLSTILTSKIN may have a hard time swallowing this.
Sadly when were only a few minutes into the film we learn that the
director hasn't learned anything more about horror movies than he did
back in 1993, which was the year of the Leprechaun's debut. Not the
worst movie out there, but is further proof that if a film like this
can be financed & distributed, than any filmmaker out there could make
practically anything regardless of weather it's good or bad & still
sell it & make a profit. The ending is flat & really there's no pay off
or punishment for the spitefully evil though good looking evil sister.
If you must see this, view it as a comedy & not as a horror movie or
even as a horror/comedy & you might like it. My brother sure did...